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  • The Bible recounts that King Mesha, the ninth-century ruler of neighboring Moab, went to war against the combined forces of Israel, Judah, and Edom.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • These depictions of luohan are copies of rubbings from stone carvings that — bear with this — copy the copy of a much admired ninth-century painting by the Tang poet and monk Guanxiu.

    A Paradise of Illusion

  • Highlights include a 20-foot high replica of the "Elephant Clock" and a ninth-century darkroom model.

    Ideas Calendar: Dec. 24-30

  • Sam Fentress From left: the monk Ananda, from ninth-century China; 'Blue Black' 2000, by Ellsworth Kelly; and the standing Buddha Śākyamuni, from the late sixth-century China.

    At the Intersection of Opposites

  • He said it was one of the Machiavellian tales of rulers and ruled, of eaters and eaten, that ninth-century Arabic scribes adapted from earlier story collections during the great Abbasid translation orgy in Iraq.

    Day of Honey

  • Among the treasures on view are maps, journals, prayer wheels, beads and a rare ninth-century votive plaque from the Pala period.

    Spiritual Wandering

  • There is also a learned essay about the nickname of the wife of a ninth-century caliph of Baghdad Buran and how she was single-handedly responsible for a range of eggplant dishes that are still eaten in the Middle East.

    A Culinary Man of Letters

  • It is inspired by a sculptural panel at Borobudur, a ninth-century Buddhist temple in central Java.

    Dutch Colonial in Bali

  • The ceremony for the Charlemagne Prize, named for the ninth-century emperor who ruled over much of Western Europe, is a venue for lofty speeches such as Mr. Trichet's about Europe's future.

    Europe's Central Banker Seeks Deeper Fiscal Union

  • Charlemagne, the ninth-century founder of the empire, had envisaged a universal monarchy for European Christendom and perhaps for all Christendom—the successor of Imperial Rome.

    Parallel Lives

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