Mongol Court Dress, Identity Formation, and Global Exchange: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Mongol Court Dress, Identity Formation, and Global Exchange

1st Edition

By Eiren L. Shea


240 pages | 30 Color Illus. | 40 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367356187
pub: 2020-04-01
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The Mongol period (1206-1368) marked a major turning point of exchange – culturally, politically, and artistically – across Eurasia.

The wide-ranging international exchange that occurred during the Mongol period is most apparent visually through the inclusion of Mongol motifs in textile, paintings, ceramics, and metalwork, among other media. Eiren Shea investigates how a group of newly-confederated tribes from the steppe conquered the most sophisticated societies in existence in less than a century, creating a courtly idiom that permanently changed the aesthetics of China and whose echoes were felt across Central Asia, the Middle East, and even Europe.

This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, fashion design, and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

1. Felt, Leather, Silk, and Gold: On the Origins of Mongol Court Dress

2. Robing at Khubilai’s Court

3. "Pulling firmly her tall hat over her head:" Women’s Dress at the Yuan Court

4. Mongol Dress in West Asia

5. Global Reach: The Mongols and The Latin West

Conclusion: The Mongol Legacy

About the Author

Eiren L. Shea is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Grinnell College.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Medieval
ART / Asian
ART / Art & Politics
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Asia / Central Asia