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Nine Stars of the Northern Dipper
Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)
13th century
hanging scroll
ink, color and gold on silk, ca. 44 z 21 in.
Chikubushima Hogon-ji, Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture
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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?