Silk Road

Collection by Heta Davis


Besides just art along the Silk Road I'll try to explore the connections between East and West here; ancient mostly and perhaps some more recent. You really can’t overestimate the search for commodities and the influence of trade routes in shaping our history and culture. Columbus was seeking an alternative to the old Silk Road when he bumped into the Americas. Via Silk Road traveled both evils such as plague and gun powder as well as ideas and inventions like the printing press. And how about fossil fuels shaping our economy and politics today?

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Inlaid gold pendant from Tillya Tepe, century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan © Thierry Ollivier / Musée Guimet bee-like lily flowers and dragonlike seahorses Art Antique, Antique Jewelry, Vintage Jewelry, Potnia Theron, Objets Antiques, 1st Century, Dragons, Ancient Jewelry, Ancient Artifacts

'Hidden Treasures' Seeks To Reveal Another Afghanistan

A major art exhibit opens in New York this week. Hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it features artifacts that span five millennia of culture. Much of the art is on display after being hidden for the past quarter-century of Afghanistan's tumultuous history, and presumed destroyed or stolen.

Seated Buddha, C. This small bronze Greco-Indian Buddha is probably one of the earliest iconic representations of Shakyamuni. Found in Gandhara (ancient Pakistand). His right hand in abhaya mudra (a gesture of approachability). Roman Sculpture, Buddha Sculpture, Buddhist Art, Sacred Art, Ancient Art, Metropolitan Museum, Asian Art, Art History, Art Museum

Seated Buddha | Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Date: 1st to mid-2nd century. Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara). Medium: Bronze with traces of gold leaf. Dimensions: H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); W...

Tash-Rabat Caravanserai in Kyrgyzstan. According to one author, this is probably the best-preserved Silk Road site you will find, and no other retains as much of its original atmosphere. Brunei, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, Nepal, Beautiful World, Beautiful Places, Bangkok, Timor Oriental, Laos

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Fresco of Traders on The Silk Road, Dunhuang, China Tempera, Fresco, Asian Continent, Dunhuang, Achaemenid, Journey To The West, Silk Road, Arabian Nights, Central Asia

Most merchants did not travel the entire Silk Road but would trade goods through middlemen based in Oasis towns such as Khotan or Dunhuang. The Sogdians, however, established a trading network across the 1500 miles from Sogdiana to China. In fact, the Sogdians turned their energies to trade so thoroughly that the Saka of the Kingdom of Khotan called all merchants suli, "Sogdian", whatever their culture or ethnicity.

Head of a Bodhisattva Object: Sculpture Place of origin: Peshawar (made) Date: century (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown Materials and Techniques: Stucco Buddha Sculpture, Pottery Sculpture, Lion Sculpture, Ancient Aliens, Ancient Art, Ancient History, Buddha India, Sea Peoples, Anatomy Sculpture

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Head of a Bodhisattva, 3rd/4th century, stucco, NWFP, Gandhara. Museum Number IS.12-1974.

The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes , also known as the Caves Ancient Ruins, Ancient Art, Fresco, Chinese Wall, Dunhuang, The Han Dynasty, Spiritual Images, Into The West, Buddhist Art

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes

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"The Beauty of Xiaohe," female mummy, ca BC. Excavated from Xiaohe (Little River) Cemetery Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China.

The Beauty of Loulan and the Tattooed Mummies of the Tarim Basin

Loulan was discovered in 1980, but it was 3800 years ago that she died on the trade route known as the Silk Road. The natural dryness and salty soil preserved her and over two hundred other mummies, individuals who had lived in several closely located settlements along the trade route.

China, Shaanxi province (Chinese), Bactrian Camel , earthenware with sancai (three color) glaze, The Portland Art Museum Glass Ceramic, Ceramic Art, Chinese Art, Chinese China, Chinese Style, Bactrian Camel, Color Glaze, Chinese Ceramics, Silk Road

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China, Shaanxi province (Chinese), Bactrian Camel , 675/750, earthenware with sancai (three color) glaze, The Portland Art Museum

Textile fragment from Loulan, China. Loulan also called Krorän or Kroraina, was an ancient kingdom based around an important oasis city along the Silk Road.

Textile fragment from Loulan, China. Loulan also called Krorän or Kroraina, was an ancient kingdom based around an important oasis city along the Silk Road.

Maria Portinari of Bruges wearing a truncated hennin - portrait by Hugo van der Goes Medieval Costume, Medieval Dress, Medieval Clothing, Historical Clothing, Medieval Hats, Renaissance Mode, Renaissance Fashion, Moda Medieval, Hennin

The Mongol Empire had enjoyed such prestige that medieval women of Europe imitated it with the hennin, a large cone-shaped headdress that sat towards the back of the head rather than rising straight up from it as among the Mongols. With no good source of peacock feathers, European noblewomen generally substituted gauzy streamers flowing in the wind at the top. (Weatherford: Secret History of the Mongol Queens)

Door guardian (dvarapala) with a bow [Pakistan] Kushan Peiod in Indian Art Stucco AD, Central and North Asia Historical Artifacts, Ancient Artifacts, Ancient History, Art History, Pakistan, Bronze Age Civilization, Alexandre Le Grand, Asian Sculptures, Religion

Door Guardian (Dvarapala) | Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara) | The Met

Date: ca. 4th century. Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara). Medium: Stucco. Dimensions: H. 18 in. (45.7 cm); W. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm). Classificat...

Incroyable Painted verre vessel from Begram, Afghanistan, depicting scenes from Greek everglades en floride. Ancient Rome, Ancient History, Art Romain, Objets Antiques, Art Through The Ages, Roman Sculpture, Art Asiatique, Roman History, Roman Art

Musée Guimet

Gobelet à scène double : l'enlèvement d'Europe et de Ganymède 1er siècle peint, verre incolore Afghanistan, Begram (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Richard Lambert Section Afghanistan du...

The influence of the Greek culture and Religion in Buddhism has been evident throughout History. Among the other Greek Gods and Godd. Frame Drum, Greek Gods And Goddesses, Greek Culture, History Memes, Funny History, 1st Century, Alexander The Great, Wine Parties, Buddhist Art

Musée Guimet

Scène de banquet hellénistique Hadda, Gandhara. 1er siècle © PHG Section Afghanistan du musée Guimet

Head of a Monk; or century CE. Eastern Philosophy, Grand Palais, Silk Road, Art Object, Chinese Art, Asian Art, Japanese Art, Buddhism, Namaste

Musée Guimet

Tête de moine Fragment de sculpture en torchis 7e siècle, 8e siècle, période incertaine polychromie, stuc, torchis Grottes de Kumtura (C) Musée Guimet, Paris, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image musée...