Bactria ca. 3rd C. AD. Terracotta gouache. rare Central Asian votive panel of supreme deity Zeus / Serapis/Ohrmazd with nimbus, with a full beard and long wavy hair, who has been identified as the , receives a suppliant in the characteristic Iranian short tunic and leggings. The Intercultural Kushan Style displays: Indian divine iconography; Iranian type of two-figured composition; and Greco-Roman naturalism in the drapery and pose, the use of light and shadow to suggest modeling.
关帝 by China Postcard, via Flickr. Collectors in the early 1900s liked to exchange postcards through the mail, affixing the stamp on the picture side. The huge demand for early Chinese cards gives the “Chinese Monkey Player” a value early collectors couldn’t have imagined.