Who are the Sogdians, and why are they important in world history? Discover this fascinating Central Asian culture and the key role it played in the exchange of goods and ideas along the Silk Road. The program begins with a discussion led by scholar Thomas Wide, who will provide a historical overview and reveal a new online exhibition focused on the Sogdians. Then, visit the galleries with curators Antonietta Catanzariti and Keith Wilson to discover what objects on view can tell us about the Sogdians’ legacy.
Detail, Frontal from the base of a burial couch; China, Henan Province, Period of Division, Northern Qi dynasty, 550–77; marble with traces of pigment; Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1915.110