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Khubilai Khan as the First Yuan Emperor, Shizu
Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
Album leaf
ink and color on silk, ca. 23 x 19 in.
National Palace Museum, Taipei
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by N.F. Karlins

"The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is filled with treasures from museums around the world. Besides their beauty and rarity, they pose a question -- how monolithic is Chinese art?