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Cloth of Gold with Winged Lions and griffins
Central Asia, ca. 1240-60
silk and metallic thread lampas, ca. 49 x 19 in.
Cleveland Museum of Art
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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?