Across cultures

A global, interconnected world is not as recent as we think.
These works of art all demonstrate cross-cultural relationships.

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The Abduction of Helen Tapestry
The Abduction of Helen Tapestry

An ancient Greek story on a tapestry made in China, for export back to Portugal.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan
The Great Mosque of Kairouan

Used for Friday prayer, this mosque stood at the center of Kairouan’s commercial, educational, and religious life.

Multilingualism along the Nile
Multilingualism along the Nile

When we think of the language of ancient Egypt, the first thing that springs to mind is hieroglyphs carved on temple and tomb walls, yet this could not be further from the truth.

A Still Life of Global Dimensions: Antonio de Pereda’s <em>Still Life with Ebony Chest</em>
A Still Life of Global Dimensions: Antonio de Pereda’s Still Life with Ebony Chest

In this still life, objects and customs from around the world converge around one delicious food: chocolate.

The European Palaces of the Qianlong Emperor, Beijing
The European Palaces of the Qianlong Emperor, Beijing

An imperial surprise: staging Europe in China

Camel from San Baudelio de Berlanga
Camel from San Baudelio de Berlanga

What a camel in New York reveals about medieval Spain.

Musical imagery in the Global Middle Ages
Musical imagery in the Global Middle Ages

Texts and images produced throughout the medieval world reveal that harp music could elicit powerful responses.

The Staff God at Chavín de Huántar and beyond
The Staff God at Chavín de Huántar and beyond

The image of a divine figure holding staffs or similar objects in its hands would persist in Andean art long past the time of Chavín.

Introduction to Chaco Canyon
Introduction to Chaco Canyon

Located in a high desert, Chaco’s residents dedicated much of their energy to controlling water for crops.

A Global Middle Ages through the Pages of Decorated Books
A Global Middle Ages through the Pages of Decorated Books

What do we mean by a global Middle Ages?

Gold and jade crown, Silla Kingdom
Gold and jade crown, Silla Kingdom

With its gold branches, this crown evokes a sacred tree. Jade ornaments represent fertility and abundance.

Temple of Baalshamin, Palmyra
Temple of Baalshamin, Palmyra

A hybrid of eastern and western design, this temple showcased the cultural diversity and great wealth of Palmyra.