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Tuesday, April 12

2:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Mitsui Lecture: Patricia Graham, “Art of the Silk Road and Japan” Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 Donahue Auditorium The legendary Silk Road often fascinates us with its exotic life styles, vanished religions, and archaeological discoveries. This presentation reveals the secrecy of mythical rituals on death, divinity, food, wealth, and political legitimacy by examining the 12th century painting, sculpture and architecture remaining in a newly discovered artificial cave in the Chinese northwestern desert. The interplay of art, religion, and politics is discussed in the context of cultural exchanges between the Tangut nation(Xixia), Tibet and Song dynasty China.