Vol. 17 Now Available

It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of Vol. 17 (2019) of The Silk Road. We begin with a critical re-examination of Richthofen’s vaunted distinction as the inventor of the phrase “the Silk Road” and an in-depth interview with Roderick Whitfield on his career working with the Stein collection in the British Museum. Next up are stimulating features on the forgotten history of the Museo Indiano in Bologna, knotted carpets and cultural exchange along the Taklamakan, Sogdian fashions in early Tang China, modern Chinese colophons on the Dunhuang manuscripts, and a photo essay on camel fairs in India. Book reviews by Susan Whitfield, Samuel Rumschlag, Charles J. Halperin, and Barbara Kaim follow.

From the Editor

Did Richthofen Really Coin “the Silk Road”?
Matthias Mertens

An Interview with Roderick Whitfield on the Stein Collection in the British Museum
Sonya S. Lee

Faces of the Buddha: Lorenzo Pullè and the Museo Indiano in Bologna, 1907-35
Luca Villa

Knotted Carpets from the Taklamakan: A Medium of Ideological and Aesthetic Exchange on the Silk Road, 700 BCE-700 CE
Zhang He

Some Notes on Sogdian Costume in Early Tang China
Sergey A. Yatsenko

An Analysis of Modern Chinese Colophons on the Dunhuang Manuscripts
Justin M. Jacobs

Camel Fairs in India: A Photo Essay
Harvey Follender


Robert N. Spengler III, Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Food We Eat
Susan Whitfield

Thomas T. Allsen, The Steppe and the Sea: Pearls in the Mongol Empire
Samuel Rumschlag

Roman Hautala, Crusaders, Missionaries, and Eurasian Nomads in the 13th-14th Centuries
Charles J. Halperin

István Zimonyi, Medieval Nomads in Eastern Europe
Charles J. Halperin

Baumer and Novák, eds., Urban Cultures of Central Asia from the Bronze Age to the Karakhanids
Barbara Kaim