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Humanities 2018, 7(3), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7030068

Aurel Stein and the Kiplings: Silk Road Pathways of Converging and Reciprocal Inspiration

Honors Program, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA
Received: 4 June 2018 / Revised: 5 July 2018 / Accepted: 5 July 2018 / Published: 10 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Further Explorations Along the Silk Road)
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Biographies of the renowned linguistic scholar and archaeological explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943) inevitably yet briefly refer to the role played by John Lockwood Kipling (1837–1911), as curator of the Lahore Museum—with its extensive collection of ancient Gandharan Greco-Buddhist sculpture—in exciting Stein’s interests in and theories of what likely lay buried under the sands of the Taklamakan Desert. A more insistent focus on the coalescing influences in the Stein-Kipling relationship, including a subsequent line of evident inspiration from Stein to the internationally famed author and Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling (Lockwood’s son; 1865–1936), helps to synthesize some of the highlights of Stein’s first expedition into the remote Tarim Basin of Chinese Turkestan, including and involving the forgeries manufactured by the Uyghur treasure-seeker Islam Akhun. View Full-Text
Keywords: Aurel Stein; John Lockwood Kipling; Rudyard Kipling; Rudolf Hoernle; Islam Akhun; Great Game Aurel Stein; John Lockwood Kipling; Rudyard Kipling; Rudolf Hoernle; Islam Akhun; Great Game
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