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Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov

Inner Asia 10 (2008): 37–63 © 2008 Global Oriental Ltd The Black Box: Notes on the Anthropology of the Enemy NIKOLAI SSORIN-CHAIKOV University of Cambridge ABSTRACT This article critically revisits the Foucauldian perspective on modernity by exploring the constitutive importance

Matthew Cobb

-83). 2 In the case of black pepper ( Piper nigrum ), attestation of its use may go as far back as the reign of Ramesses II (r. 1279-1213 BCE ) for it is possible that grains were used in his mummification (Gilboa and Namdar 2015: 272). Acknowledging such earlier movements of goods, it is also clear

Uygur Patronage in Dunhuang

Regional Art Centres on the Northern Silk Road in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries


Lilla Russell-Smith

This volume is about the long-neglected, but decisive influence of Uygur patrons on Dunhuang art in the tenth and eleventh centuries. Through an insightful introduction to the hitherto little-known early history and art of the Uygurs, the author explains the social and political forces that shaped the taste of Uygur patrons. The cultural and political effects of Sino-Uygur political marriages are examined in the larger context of the role of high-ranking women in medieval art patronage.
Careful study of the iconography, technique and style sheds new light on important paintings in the collection of the British Museum in London, and the Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet, in Paris, and through comparative analysis the importance of regional art centres in medieval China and Central Asia is explored. Richly illustrated with line drawings, as well as colour and black-and-white plates.

The Art of the Scythians

The Interpenetration of Cultures at the Edge of the Hellenic World


Esther Jacobson

This volume considers the art of the Scythians of the northern littoral of the Black Sea, as that art was expressed in gold, silver, bronze, and bone. Appearing by the seventh century B.C. at the edge of an expanding Hellenic world, the history and art of the Scythians must be considered within a context that recognizes the sources of Scythian culture in the Eurasian Steppe as well as the historical contingency of West Asia and the Greek colonies. By approaching the understanding of artistic traditions in terms of an evolving process, rooted in an archaic steppe culture but ultimately shaped by the confrontation of Near Eastern, Hellenic and Hellenistic tastes, this discussion goes beyond the traditional location of Scythian art as a subset of Greek goldwork. Particular consideration is given to the gradual transformation of object types and styles, from their reflection of archaic zoomorphic representations in carved bone, wood and bronze, to traditions expressive of Hellenized tastes and sensibilities, in gold and silver. By examining in detail individual objects, as well as classes of objects, this volume articulates a specifically Scythian stylistic and iconographic tradition, and a specifically Scythian contribution to the working of precious metals, related to but ultimately distinguishable from the goldworking traditions of Achaemenid Iran, late Classical Greece, and the larger Hellenistic world.
This volume offers substantial bibliography relating to the extensive research on Scythian art, archaeology, and history, published in the Russian and Ukrainian languages over the last 150 years.

Theraphan L-Thongkum

A word list of 3,343 items with Standard Thai, English and Vietnamese glosses was used for eliciting the Black Tai or Tai Dam language data at each of the twelve research sites: ten in northern Vietnam, one in northern Laos, and one in central Thaialnd. The data collected at two villages in Muong Vat could not be used for a reconstruction of Old Black Tai phonological system and a lexicon because on a phonological basis and a lexical basis, the Tai dialect of Muong Vat is not Black Tai, especially the one spoken at Ban Phat, Chieng Pan sub-district and Ban Coc Lac, Tu Nang sub-district, Son La province, Vietnam.

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Science in a Colonial Context
Part 2: The Expeditions of H.A. Lorentz to New Guinea, 1903-1914

National Archives of the Netherlands

on microfiche

In 2004 Moran Micropublications started a new series of archival publications on microfiche on the theme of science in a colonial context. The first part consisted of the archive of the “Indies Committee for Scientific Research” (order number MMP112) (in Dutch Indisch Comité voor Wetenschappelijke Onderzoekingen), which organized and sent out many scientific expeditions to various parts of the Indonesian archipelago in the last years of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth centuries. In these years the world’s second largest island, New Guinea, was still largely unknown to the outside. The Dutch, who claimed half the island as part of their East Indies colony, were anxious to explore it for both commercial and scientific reasons and organized a series of expeditions there, among others in 1903, 1907, and 1909-1910. H.A. Lorentz (1871-1944, not to be confused with the Nobel-prize winning Dutch physicist Hendrik A. Lorentz, 1853-1928) participated in the first and led the second two. His personal archive of the three expeditions contains a great deal of correspondence with individuals and institutions in several countries and languages with an index of correspondents in the appendix (Bijlage I, pp.21-26 below); much information on the organization and infrastructure of the expeditions; and of course diaries, field notes, draft reports and other documents concerning the local population and the geography, flora and fauna of the regions explored. Also included are several maps, newspaper clippings and articles and manuscripts of his two major publications in which he recounted the first and third of the expeditions: Eenige maanden onder de papoea’s [Several months among the Papuans] (1905) and Zwarte menschen, witte bergen [Black people, white mountains] (1913, new edition 2005). His archive forms a valuable supplement to that of the Indies Committee.

Amy McNair

T’oung Pao 96 (2011) 543-585 T ’ O U N G PA O © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156853211X553366 Book Reviews Black Tigers: A Grammar of Chinese Rubbings . By Kenneth Starr. Seattle: Univer- sity of Washington Press, 2008. 280 pp. Color and b/w ill. ISBN 978

Susanne Schröter

Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (BKI) 161-2/3 (2005):318-349 © 2005 Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde susanne schröter Red cocks and black hens Gendered symbolism, kinship and social practice in the Ngada highlands Ethnographic remarks Ngada is not only the name of

Minorities, Modernity and the Emerging Nation

Christians in Indonesia, a Biographical Approach


G. van Klinken

This book examines the development of Indonesian nationalism from the viewpoint of a minority: the urban Christian elite. Placed between the Indonesian nationalist promise of freedom and the (equally Christian) Dutch colonial promise of modernity, their experience of late colonialism was filled with dilemma and ambiguity. Rather than describe dry institutions, this study traces the lives of five politically active Indonesian Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, spanning the late colonial, Japanese occupation and early independence periods: Amir Sjarifoeddin, Bishop Soegijapranata, Kasimo, Moelia and Ratu Langie. For most of them the main problem was not so much the protest against colonialism, but the transition to more modern forms of political community. Their status as a religious minority, and as urban middle class 'migrants' out of their traditional communities, made them more aware that achieving moral consensus was problematic.
This book should be of interest to students of Indonesian history, as well as those studying the history of Third World nationalism and the history of Christian missions.

Nicola Di Cosmo

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/002249910X12573963244241 Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 53 (2010) 83-108 Black Sea Emporia and the Mongol Empire: A Reassessment of the Pax Mongolica Nicola Di Cosmo * Abstract Th e term Pax Mongolica