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Serindia Publications
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  Size:   245 x 245 mm
9.75 x 9.75 in
 
  Pages:   144  
  Color:   70  
  B/W:   30  
  Binding:   Hardcover  
  Published:   May 2004  
  ISBN:   1-932476-11-3  
 
 

Price: US$35.00

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Aurel Stein on the Silk Road
Susan Whitfield

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Beautifully illustrated account of the adventures of the great Silk Road explorer and archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein, whose expeditions a century ago included the discovery of an amazing hoard of Buddhist paintings, hidden since the 11th century inside a secret cave at Dunhuang.

Highlights:

  • An intrepid story of exotic places and new discoveries
  • Illustrated with Modern digital images of the Buddhist masterpieces alongside historical archive photographs taken by Stein and his companions during their expeditions
  • First publication of the new digital British Museum Stein archive
  • Published to coincide with a major exhibition opening at the British Library in May 2004 (catalogue to be published by the British Library and Serindia Publications)

    Description:
    In 1900 a secret sealed-up cave was discovered by a Daoist priest among the many caves dotting the cliff face at Dunhuang, an oasis town on the Silk Road. Its entrance had been plastered over and disguised but, when opened, it was revealed to be crammed with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, printed documents and paintings. The sheer volume and exceptional condition of the finds, preserved in the desert climate since the early eleventh century, excited international archaeological and popular interest. In 1907, Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1942), a Hungarian-born explorer employed by the British in India, was the first foreigner to gain access to the secret cave archive at Dunhuang. His expeditions, published in full in the 1920s, made him a celebrity whose intrepid exploits helped to reveal the long-forgotten history and exotic geography of the Silk Road.

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