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Today in World History: February 18th

Kublai Khan, grandson of the great Mongolian Emperor Genghis Khan, died on this day in 1294. Continuing his grandfather’s legacy, Kublai Khan conquered the Far East with his vast armies of nimble and agile cavalry. 171 more words


Song Dynasty

I was mildly surprised to see what is certainly a cavalry trooper bearing what looks a lot like a three-point two-edge, albeit with extended edges. There was a fair amount of warfare at the end of the Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms period around 900-950 CE. 32 more words

Today in World History: February 4th

The coronation of Emperor Taizu of China marked the beginning of the Song dynasty in 960 A.D.. China prospered under the Song rulers, expanding its population at such a fast rate that its population doubled in the 10th and 11th centuries. 100 more words

Asia And The Pacific

The Plum in the Golden Vase - part one

This is the fifth “unofficial” classical Chinese novel. Which was banned. Because sexy times…

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The Scoffing Scholar of Lanling during the Ming Dynasty (circa. 460 more words

Northern Song Black glaze jar with russet markings

This jar is truly an amazing piece, which is hard to portray in pictures. The quality of glaze, markings and shape is really great. I bought the jar at Dries Blitz, a great scholar on early wares. 128 more words

Song Dynasty

The World of Taira no Kiyomori

As a big fan of Japanese television, I have watched more than a historic drama or two. It is a rather Japanese style to introduce historic dramas by showing the films of historic places as they look today along with artifacts and scrolls. 120 more words


Princess Shou Yang and Her Plum Flower Make Up

There are several things I always notice when I watch Chinese films set in Imperial eras. The ladies often decorate their forehead with painting, gems, pearls, scale and even flowers. 385 more words