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Suggested Readings and Resources

Carboni, Stefano, and Qamar Adamjee. "The Legacy of Genghis Khan." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
High school

———. "A New Visual Language Transmitted across Asia." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
High school

—. "Takht-i Sulaiman and Tile Work in the Ilkhanid Period." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
High school

Department of Asian Art. "Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368)." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
High school

Gordon, Stewart. When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the East." Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2008.
Middle school; high school

Herber, Janis. Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2001.
Elementary school; middle school; high school
An accessible publication that focuses mainly on China and offers many engaging activities for students.

Major, John S., Joan Barnatt, and John Bertles. Silk Road Encounters Education Kit. Providence, R.I.: Asia Society and The Silk Road Project, Inc., 2001.
See especially chapter 3 of the Teacher's Guide, "Trading in the Silk Road Cities."

Silk Road Project, Inc., The. The Silk Road Project. Website. Boston: The Silk Road Project, Inc., 2012.
High school

Sultan's Lost Treasure. Video. 55 min. Boston: WGBH/Nova, 2001.
Discusses the underwater discovery of Ming-dynasty porcelain from a ship that was bound for the Sultanate of Brunei and sank five hundred years ago.

Yalman, Suzan. Based on original work by Linda Komaroff. "The Art of the Ilkhanid Period (1256–1353)." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
High school


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Tile with image of a phoenix

The lesson plan related to Ceramics in China and the Near East features a late thirteenth-century tile with the image of a phoenix.