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Mongol Empire Collection

The Mongol Empire, one of history's most formidable forces, left an indelible mark on the world

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Landscape After the Rain, by Kao K o-kung (1248-1310). Yuan dynasty

Landscape After the Rain, by Kao K o-kung (1248-1310). Yuan dynasty
CHINA: LANDSCAPE. Landscape After the Rain, by Kao K o-kung (1248-1310). Yuan dynasty

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Mongol conqueror. Chinese silk album leaf, Yuan Dynasty

Mongol conqueror. Chinese silk album leaf, Yuan Dynasty
GENGHIS KHAN (1162-1227). Mongol conqueror. Chinese silk album leaf, Yuan Dynasty

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Genghis Khan (c. 1158 - 1227)

Genghis Khan (c. 1158 - 1227)
Genghis Khan (c.1158 - 1227), born Temujin, the founder and first Great Khan (Emperor) of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Jalal al-Din Khwarazm-Shah crossing the rapid Indus river, escaping Chinggis Khan and his army

Jalal al-Din Khwarazm-Shah crossing the rapid Indus river, escaping Chinggis Khan and his army, 1597-1600. Found in the collection of British Museum

Engraving depicting Kublai Khan (1215-1294) the fifth Khagan of the Mongol Empire
5309223 Engraving depicting Kublai Khan (1215-1294) the fifth Khagan of the Mongol Empire, and founder of the Yuan dynasty in China

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Tartars Carrying the Head of Heinrich before Castle Liegnitz Saint Hedwig..., 2nd Half of 14th cen

Tartars Carrying the Head of Heinrich before Castle Liegnitz Saint Hedwig..., 2nd Half of 14th cen
Tartars Carrying the Head of Heinrich before Castle Liegnitz Saint Hedwig Seeing in a Dream Her Son's Soul Carried to Heaven, Second Half of 14th cen. Found in the Collection of the J

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Hulagu Khan, astrologer and astronomer, at the Observatory. Miniature from Shahnama

Hulagu Khan, astrologer and astronomer, at the Observatory. Miniature from Shahnama... 15th century Creator: Anonymous
Hulagu Khan, astrologer and astronomer, at the Observatory. Miniature from Shahnama-i Changizi by Shams al-din Kashani, 15th century. Found in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Hulagu Khan at a party. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430

Hulagu Khan at a party. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Creator: Anonymous
Hulagu Khan at a party. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Found in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Hulagu Khan and Courtiers. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430

Hulagu Khan and Courtiers. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Creator: Anonymous
Hulagu Khan and Courtiers. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Found in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Tayang Khan Presented with the Head of the Mongol Leader Ong Khan

Tayang Khan Presented with the Head of the Mongol Leader Ong Khan (Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), c. 1596. Found in the collection of the The David Collection

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Battle between the Khwarezmian army and the Mongols. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal His)

Battle between the Khwarezmian army and the Mongols. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal His)
Battle between the Khwarezmian army and the Mongols. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Found in the collection of Bibliotheque Nationale de France

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Dream-vision of Genghis Khan (From: Jean Hayton, Fleur des histoires de la terre d Orient), c. 1410

Dream-vision of Genghis Khan (From: Jean Hayton, Fleur des histoires de la terre d Orient), c. 1410
Dream-vision of Genghis Khan (From: Jean Hayton, Fleur des histoires de la terre d Orient), c.1410. Found in the collection of the New York Public Library

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Female magician or shaman, Mongol people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving)

Female magician or shaman, Mongol people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving)
7234221 Female magician or shaman, Mongol people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving) by Alexander, William (1767-1816) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Female magician or shaman, Mongol people)

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Female shaman of the Mongolic Buyrats people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving)

Female shaman of the Mongolic Buyrats people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving)
7234223 Female shaman of the Mongolic Buyrats people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving) by Alexander, William (1767-1816) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Woman of the Mongolic Buyrats people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving)

Woman of the Mongolic Buyrats people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving)
7234222 Woman of the Mongolic Buyrats people, 18th century. 1823 (engraving) by Georgi, Johann Gottlieb (1729-1802); Private Collection; (add.info.: Woman of Ulan-Ude, Mongolic Buyrats people)

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Mongolian with praying machine (engraving)

Mongolian with praying machine (engraving)
7192408 Mongolian with praying machine (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mongolian with praying machine)

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Yurt of Genghis Khan (engraving)

Yurt of Genghis Khan (engraving)
3647285 Yurt of Genghis Khan (engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Yurt of Genghis Khan)

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Mangu Khan judges the rebels, 1595 (opaque w / c & gold on paper)

Mangu Khan judges the rebels, 1595 (opaque w / c & gold on paper)
874281 Mangu Khan judges the rebels, 1595 (opaque w/c & gold on paper) by Indian School, (16th century); 35.2 x20.7 cm; San Diego Museum of Art, USA; (add.info.: Mangu Khan)

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Ghenghis Khan in combat. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430

Ghenghis Khan in combat. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Artist: Anonymous
Ghenghis Khan in combat. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Found in the collection of Bibliotheque Nationale de France

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Seated statue of Chingis Khan at the Parliament Building in Ulan Bator, 2005. Artist: Anonymous

Seated statue of Chingis Khan at the Parliament Building in Ulan Bator, 2005. Artist: Anonymous
Seated statue of Chingis Khan at the Parliament Building in Ulan Bator, 2005

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: The siege of Beijing. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430

The siege of Beijing. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Artist: Anonymous
The siege of Beijing. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Found in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Battle between the Mongol and Jin Jurchen armies in north China in 1211

Battle between the Mongol and Jin Jurchen armies in north China in 1211. Miniature from Jami al-taw Artist: Anonymous
Battle between the Mongol and Jin Jurchen armies in north China in 1211. Miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), ca 1430. Found in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Mongol khan and founder of Mongol dynasty in China. Chinese painting

Mongol khan and founder of Mongol dynasty in China. Chinese painting
KUBLAI KHAN (1216-1294). Mongol khan and founder of Mongol dynasty in China. Chinese painting

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Kublai Khan. Fifth Khagan (Great Khan) of the Mongol Empire from 1260 to 1294

Kublai Khan. Fifth Khagan (Great Khan) of the Mongol Empire from 1260 to 1294, founder of the Yuan dynasty in China as a conquest dynasty in 1271

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Statue of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan in the Mongolian countryside

Statue of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan in the Mongolian countryside; Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: MONGOLIAN ROCKET BATTERY. 13th century A. D. Drawing

MONGOLIAN ROCKET BATTERY. 13th century A. D. Drawing
MONGOLIAN ROCKET BATTERY. 13th century A.D. Drawing

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Mongol warriors sent by Kublai Khan, the emperor of China, to invade Japan, 1274

Mongol warriors sent by Kublai Khan, the emperor of China, to invade Japan, 1274
JAPAN: MONGOL INVASION. Mongol warriors sent by Kublai Khan, the emperor of China, to invade Japan, 1274. Detail from Japanese scroll painting on paper, c1293

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: CHINA: KIANG YUAN & SON. Kiang Yuan and her son, Hou Ji, a divinity of the harvest

CHINA: KIANG YUAN & SON. Kiang Yuan and her son, Hou Ji, a divinity of the harvest
CHINA: KIANG YAN & SON. Kiang Yan and her son, Hou Ji, a divinity of the harvest. Chinese woodcut

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: MONGOL WARRIOR. A Mongol trooper armed with bow, lance, and saber. Chinese woodcut

MONGOL WARRIOR. A Mongol trooper armed with bow, lance, and saber. Chinese woodcut, late 19th century, after a 13th century Chinese drawing

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: MONGOL GENERAL. A Mongol general in a yak-plumed helmet. Chinese woodcut, late 19th century

MONGOL GENERAL. A Mongol general in a yak-plumed helmet. Chinese woodcut, late 19th century, after a 13th century Chinese drawing

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: The Battle of Kalka (litho) (b / w photo)

The Battle of Kalka (litho) (b / w photo)
XJF308788 The Battle of Kalka (litho) (b/w photo) by Yvon, Adolphe (1817-93) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: the Battle of Kalka River, 31st May 1223; ); French, out of copyright

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Map of Asia at the time of the greatest extent of the domination of the Mongols in

Map of Asia at the time of the greatest extent of the domination of the Mongols in
KW2603386 Map of Asia at the time of the greatest extent of the domination of the Mongols in the reign of Kublai Khan, from L Histoire Universelle Ancienne et Moderne

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: MARCO POLO (1254-1324). Venetian traveler. Meeting Kublai Khan. Miniature, early 15th century

MARCO POLO (1254-1324). Venetian traveler. Meeting Kublai Khan. Miniature, early 15th century, from the Livre de Merveilles

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: MONGOL GENERAL. A Mongol general in a yak-plumed helmet. Chinese woodcut, late 19th century

MONGOL GENERAL. A Mongol general in a yak-plumed helmet. Chinese woodcut, late 19th century, after a 13th century Chinese drawing

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: MONGOL WARRIOR. A Mongol trooper armed with bow, lance, and saber. Chinese woodcut

MONGOL WARRIOR. A Mongol trooper armed with bow, lance, and saber. Chinese woodcut, late 19th century, after a 13th century Chinese drawing

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: CHABI (1227-1281). Consort of Kublai Khan. Chinese silk album leaf, 14th century

CHABI (1227-1281). Consort of Kublai Khan. Chinese silk album leaf, 14th century

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: MONGOLIAN ROCKET BATTERY. 13th century A. D. Drawing

MONGOLIAN ROCKET BATTERY. 13th century A. D. Drawing
MONGOLIAN ROCKET BATTERY. 13th century A.D. Drawing

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: KUBLAI KHAN sends messengers to the provinces

KUBLAI KHAN sends messengers to the provinces. Miniature, early 15th century, from the Livre de Merveilles

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: PALACE OF KUBLAI KHAN. Palace of Kublai Khan in Peking. Miniature, early 15th century

PALACE OF KUBLAI KHAN. Palace of Kublai Khan in Peking. Miniature, early 15th century, from the Livre de Merveilles

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: KUBLAI KHAN (1216-1294). Mongol khan and founder of Mongol dynasty in China. Kublai Khan

KUBLAI KHAN (1216-1294). Mongol khan and founder of Mongol dynasty in China. Kublai Khan and the pearl fishers of Yunan, China. Miniature, early 15th century, from Marco Polos Livre de Merveilles

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: KUBLAI KHAN (1216-1294). Founder of Mongol dynasty in China

KUBLAI KHAN (1216-1294). Founder of Mongol dynasty in China. Woodcut from John Mandevilles Libro de las Meravillas del Mundo, Valencia, Spain, 1524

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: GENGHIS KHAN (1162-1227). Mongol conqueror. Chinese woodcut

GENGHIS KHAN (1162-1227). Mongol conqueror. Chinese woodcut

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Hydraulic machine used to power a foundray furnace. Sketch after a Chinese work of 1313

Hydraulic machine used to power a foundray furnace. Sketch after a Chinese work of 1313
CHINESE FOUNDRY, 1313. Hydraulic machine used to power a foundray furnace. Sketch after a Chinese work of 1313

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Chinese poet and public official. By Chao Meng-fuy (Yuan Dynasty). Paper album leaf

Chinese poet and public official. By Chao Meng-fuy (Yuan Dynasty). Paper album leaf
SU SHIH (1036-1101). Chinese poet and public official. By Chao Meng-fuy (Yuan Dynasty). Paper album leaf

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Detail from Chinese painting on silk, 13th-14th century

Detail from Chinese painting on silk, 13th-14th century
KUBLAI KHAN HUNTING. Detail from Chinese painting on silk, 13th-14th century

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Turkic conqueror, born near Samarkand. Indian ms. illumination

Turkic conqueror, born near Samarkand. Indian ms. illumination
TAMERLANE (1336?-1405). Turkic conqueror, born near Samarkand. Indian ms. illumination

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Defending Japanese warriors board a Mongol ship and engage in hand-to-hand combat during Emperor

Defending Japanese warriors board a Mongol ship and engage in hand-to-hand combat during Emperor Kublai Khans second
JAPAN: MONGOL INVASION. Defending Japanese warriors board a Mongol ship and engage in hand-to-hand combat during Emperor Kublai Khans second attempt to invade Japan in 1281

Background imageMongol Empire Collection: Ships of the Mongol invasion fleet are sunk during a typhoon ( kamikaze ) off the coast of Japan

Ships of the Mongol invasion fleet are sunk during a typhoon ( kamikaze ) off the coast of Japan, 1281
JAPAN: MONGOL INVASION. Ships of the Mongol invasion fleet are sunk during a typhoon ( kamikaze ) off the coast of Japan, 1281



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The Mongol Empire, one of history's most formidable forces, left an indelible mark on the world. From its vast landscapes to its powerful conquerors, this empire shaped the course of history. In Kao K o-kung's "Landscape After the Rain, " we catch a glimpse of the serene beauty that existed under Yuan Dynasty rule. The painting transports us to a time when nature flourished amidst imperial power. Speaking of power, no discussion about the Mongol Empire is complete without mentioning Genghis Khan. This fierce warrior and visionary leader conquered lands far and wide, leaving behind a legacy that still resonates today. His conquests are vividly depicted in Dharm Das' artwork "Jalal al-Din Khwarazm-Shah crossing the rapid Indus river. " It captures the intensity and desperation as Khwarazm-Shah attempts to escape Chinggis Khan's relentless army. But it wasn't just military might that defined this empire; art and culture thrived too. In Miskina's miniature from Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History), we witness Tayang Khan being presented with Ong Khan's head – a chilling reminder of both loyalty and betrayal within this vast realm. While men played significant roles in shaping Mongol society, women also held positions of influence. Engravings from 18th-century depict female magicians or shamans among the Mongolic Buyrats people – their mystic practices adding depth to our understanding of this ancient civilization. Everyday life was equally fascinating in Mongolia during this era. Engravings show us glimpses into daily routines such as praying with machines or living in traditional yurts like Genghis Khan himself did. Yet not all was peaceful within these borders; rebellions had to be quelled by rulers like Mangu Khan who judged rebels harshly but fairly according to Jami al-tawarikh (Universal History).