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Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier
Seated Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)، China, Shanxi province, 1050-1150, H. 175 cm, Painted and gilded wood, Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2018.001

GALLERY 5

Asian Trade Routes

The expansion of universal religions paralleled the establishment of vast trading networks between Africa, Asia and Europe. China emerged as one of the main actors in these exchanges and a major hub for innovation in the 7th century, producing world-changing inventions such as porcelain, gunpowder, paper and printing. These technologies were transported to the Islamic world, which lay at the heart of the thriving land and sea routes that supported the silk trade, linking Asia, Europe and Africa. From the 8th to 10th century, Baghdad witnessed a golden age of the arts and sciences. The caravan routes taken by merchants crossed the paths followed by pilgrims, promoting the spread of new modes of thought and the circulation of exotic materials and luxury items such as ivory, silk and ceramics, incense and jewellery.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF
Jar decorated with hunting scenes, Central Asia or Tibet, 400–600, H. 38.5 cm; silver gilt, Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2014.005

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF
Ewer decorated with the signs of the zodiac، Afghanistan, Herat، c. 1220، H. 38 cm; copper alloy, silver، Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2013.053

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier
Rooster-headed ewer, Iran, 1100–1300, H. 29 cm; ceramic with openwork decoration and underglaze painting, Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2014.009

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Hervé Lewandowski
Ewer with a phoenix head, China Tang dynasty, 8th century,H. 36.5 cm, Earthenware, colored glaze, Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2018.002

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier
Seated Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)، China, Shanxi province, 1050-1150, H. 175 cm, Painted and gilded wood, Louvre Abu Dhabi, LAD 2018.001
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