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"Grass Routes: Pathways to Eurasian Culture" exhibition opens Aug. 21; features ancient bronzes from the Sackler Foundation

08/17/2012

The Mongolian Steppe
“Grass Routes: Pathways to Eurasian Culture,” the Miami University Art Museum’s fall exhibition, features ancient bronzes of the Eurasian Grasslands from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. The exhibition opens Aug. 21 and runs through Dec. 8.

“Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands” (Gallery III) presents a major sampling of the art of the Steppes from the collections of the late Arthur M. Sackler. Curated by Trudy Kawami, director of research for the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the exhibition presents 85 works illustrating the personal decorations and equipment of the horse-riding Steppe nomads of the second and first century BCE - often referred to as the Xiongnu — as well as examples of ancient Chinese bronze vessels.

The Eurasian grasslands, also known as the Steppes, cover a region extending from northern China westward through Mongolia, to the plains of Eastern Europe.

“Exploring Eurasia and the Grasslands”(Galleries I and II) was created through a collaboration of the art museum and a team of faculty and students in history, anthropology, botany and zoology.

The exhibit focuses on the geography, the early explorers and the cultures of the Steppes region through a study of 19th century maps, historical books, body art, yurts, textiles, photomurals and more.

A semester-long series of programming related to the exhibition includes lectures about the ecology and geography of the Eurasian Steppes, a bronze making demonstration and forums on the history and oral traditions of the nomadic cultures of the Asian grassland regions. It will culminate in a symposium Nov. 30-Dec. 1 on “The Steppes: Crucible of Asia” organized by Dan Prior, assistant professor of history.

Click here for a schedule of Grass Routes events.

The museum, free and open to the public, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

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