Textiles of Kubilai Khan ~ Tapestry with Dragons and Flowers ~ 11th-12th century ~ Eastern Central Asia ~ Silk tapestry ~ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York ~ The form of the dragon, with a long snout and its tail hooked behind its leg, represents a Tang-dynasty convention that survived in Central Asia until at least the Yuan dynasty. Placing a dragon on flowers is most likely a Central Asian invention.
Brimmed Hat, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), China. Fiber, wood, gold and semiprecious stones; H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm), Diam. of head band: 7 1/16 in. (18 cm), Diam. of rim: 13 3/4 in. (35 cm). Lent by Gansu Provincial Museum
Marco Polo fait escale et cale au Ballet de Nice Éric Vu-An en Kubilai-Khan (à gauche) et Alessio Passaquindici (Marco Polo). Crédits photo : Jaussein
In 1274 and 1281 C.E. Mongols Fail to Conquer Japan. Kubilai Khan’s naval expeditions fail to subjugate Japan. The second one involves an armada of 4,500 ships and 150,000 men. It is destroyed by Japanese resistance and a typhoon.
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