Mongol Court Dress

Mongol Court Dress, Identity Formation, and Global Exchange (Routledge, 2020)

Author Eiren Shea discusses fashion, politics, and the Mongol empire across Eurasia in the 13th and 14th centuries.

NOTE: The end of the video should state that there are over 5000 kilometers, not miles, between Beijing and Tabriz.

key themes
  • Material culture
  • Court art
  • Transcultural and transnational approaches
further reading
  • Allsen, Thomas T. Commodity and Exchange in the Mongol Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Arnold, Lauren. Princely Gifts and Papal Treasures: The Franciscan Mission to China and its Influence on Art of the West, 1250-1350. San Francisco: Desiderata Press, 1999.
  • Chen Gaohua 陈高华 and Xu Jijun 徐吉军, eds. Zhongguo fushi tongshi 中国服饰通史. Ningbo: Ningbo chuban she, 2002.
  • Fircks, Juliane von and Regula Schorta, editors. Oriental Silks in Medieval Europe. Riggisberger Berichte 21. Riggisberg: Abegg-Stiftung, 2016.
  • Gordon, Stewart, editor. Robes and Honor: The Medieval World of Investiture. The New Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
  • Hammers, Roslyn Lee. “Khubilai Khan Hunting: Tribute to the Great Khan.” Artibus Asiae, vol. 75.1 (2015), 5-44.
  • Kadoi, Yuka. Islamic Chinoiserie: The Art of Mongol Iran. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
  • Komaroff, Linda, editor. Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006.
  • Komaroff, Linda and Stefano Carboni, editors. The Legacy of Genghis Khan. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.
  • Kuhn, Dieter and Zhao Feng (eds.). Chinese Silks. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
  • McCausland, Shane. The Mongol Century: Visual Cultures of Yuan China, 1271-1368. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2014.
  • Monnas, Lisa. Merchants, Princes, and Painters: Silk Fabrics in Italian and Northern Paintings 1300-1500. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2008.
  • Steinhardt, Nancy. “Yuan Period Tombs and Their Inscriptions,” Ars Orientalis 37 (2007), 140-174.
  • Wardwell, Anne E. and James C. Y. Watt. When Silk Was Gold: Central Asian and Chinese Textiles. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
  • Watt, James C.Y., editor. The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010.
  • Zhao Feng. Treasures in Silk. Hong Kong: Costume Squad Ltd., 1999.
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