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Image collections - Central Asia

Digital Silk Roads

An online research project from the National Institute of Informatics, Japan, which aims to reproduce images, narrative and news related to the history of the Silk Road. Also includes a digital archive of books, including 53 rare books from the Toyo Bunko collection and cinema clips and interactive panoramic views of Bamiyan, Afghanistan.


Ernst Cohn-Wiener Collection from the British Library

Description: A historically important collection of images of Central Asian monuments taken between 1924-1925.


International Dunhuang Project (IDP)

The IDP aims to realise the potential of resources originating from Dunhuang and other Central Asian Silk Road sites. A unique 'Map Search' interface places each resource in its correct geographical position, so users can select a specific region of interest, rather than a topic. The search engine also allows traditional searching by subject, title and format. Images at this site take the form of digitised documents, photographs and other artifacts of historical interest.


Silk Road Seattle

On-line art exhibition on the ¡°Silk Road¡± theme, consisting more than 200 art objects (with descriptions), divided into the following categories: Cultures, Religions, Trade, and Intercultural Exchange. There are also more than 50 essays on various related cultural topics. Good introduction to the myriad cultures and issues that constitute the Silk Road. The Religion section includes Buddhism. Islam, Nestorianism, Zoroastriansim, and Manicheanism