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Met Museum Explores 'The World of Khubilai Khan'

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A new exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum makes it easy to see why Marco Polo and other early European traders were dazzled by the treasures they saw in China.

"The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty" opens on Tuesday with an exhibit of 200 artifacts, most of them on loan from China.

Many of these treasures have never been exhibited before outside of China, including the 7-foot carved stone post which is the only architectural remnant from Xanadu, the palace immortalized in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan.”

The Met's show runs until January 2.

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Khubilai Khan as the First Yuan Emperor, Shizu | Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
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Cup and saucer | Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
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Arhat | Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
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Lions with Palmettes | Central Asia, 13th century or earlier
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Khubilai Khan’s Consort, Chabi | Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
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Noble Horse | Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
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Model of a stage with five actors | Jin dynasty (1115-1234)
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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in Water-Moon Manifestation | Yuan (1271-1368)-Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

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