Period: Sasanian Date: ca. 5th–7th century A.D. Geography: Central Asia Culture: Sasanian Medium: Silk textile Dimensions: 7 1/2 inches by 42 inches Classification: Textiles-Costumes Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Inanna Gifts and Rogers Fund, 2004 Accession Number: 2004.255
This mummy (affectionately dubbed the "Beauty of Xiaohe" by archaeologists), 1800 - 1500 BC has been preserved extremely well. She is so lifelike that she looks as if she's taking a nap. She has fair skin, round eyes, and a felt hat resembling an alpine head covering with a long feather stuck in the top.
3rd-4th C. Buddha (?) with Six Disciples, gesturing with his right hand to give assurance, the abhaya mudra. Appears to be a scene of conversion of six Sakya Princes. The wall painting shows strong naturalistic elements that were introduced after the death of Alexander the Great. Notably, the main character, wears a mustache and no tonsure. Whoever he is, he looks Indian not Chinese. Wall painting, Buddhist Stupa in Miran, Xinjiang, China.
Tomb of An Jia, Shaanxi, China Sogdian dancers. Sogdians had direct contact with China while Rome did not. Also they appear to have been Zoroastrian