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The Silk Road And Beyond (400 - 700 AD)

Five objects from the British Museum tell the story of the movement of goods and ideas, along the Silk Road out of China, to Korea and even as far as East Anglia

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  • The Silk Road and Beyond (AD 400 – 800)

    The Silk Road and Beyond (AD 400 – 800)

    46. Gold coin of Abd al-Malik
    47. Sutton Hoo helmet
    48. Moche warrior pot
    49. Korean roof tile
    50. Silk princess painting

    The Silk Road from China to Europe was at its peak between AD 500 and 800, the time of the so-called ‘Dark Ages’ in Western Europe. This trade route connected a revived Tang China with the newly formed Islamic Caliphate, which conquered the Middle East and North Africa. It was not only people and goods that spread along the Silk Road but also ideas. Buddhism spread from India into China along the Silk Road and also into the newly formed kingdom of Korea. Silk Road products even made their way to remote Britain, as shown by the South Asian gems found in the Sutton Hoo burial. Meanwhile the first organised states in South America were beginning to flourish.

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