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Kushan Empire (ca. 2nd century B.C.–3rd century A.D.) | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Gift of Anathapindada Period: Kushan period Date: century Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara) Medium: Schist with traces of gold foil Dimensions: 9 x 9 in. x cm) Classification: Sculpture

Journal of The Silkroad Foundation, published annually and supplied to academic libraries free of charge. Vol. 13 includes a selection of images of Palmyra, a tribute to the memory of Khaled Mohamad al-Asaad, Syrian archaeologist and Head of Antiquities for the ancient city of Palmyra. http://www.silkroadfoundation.org/newsletter/vol13/

Journal of The Silkroad Foundation, published annually and supplied to academic libraries free of charge. Vol. 13 includes a selection of images of Palmyra, a tribute to the memory of Khaled Mohamad al-Asaad, Syrian archaeologist and Head of Antiquities for the ancient city of Palmyra. http://www.silkroadfoundation.org/newsletter/vol13/

Musical instrument (sarinda). Stringed musical instrument carved in ivory with angels, floral scrolls and fantastic creatures. Made in Deccan, India, in the 17th century.

Stringed musical instrument carved in ivory with angels, floral scrolls and fantastic creatures. Made in Deccan, India, in the century.

"The Khaqan Captive Before Bahram Gur", Folio from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah TahmaspArtist: Painting attributed to Qasim ibn 'Ali (active ca. 1525–60) Workshop director: Mir Musavvir (active 1525–60) ca. 1530–35 Iran, Tabriz Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper Dimensions: Painting: H. 7 11/16 x W. 6 11/16 in. (H. 19.5 x W. 17 cm) Entire Page: H. 18 5/8 x W. 12 1/2 in. (H. 47.3 x W. 31.8 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art 1970.301.64

According to his spies the Khaqan of Chin, Iran’s enemy, and his army were camped in a field near Merv. Bahram Gur and his soldiers marched across the breadth of Iran and caught the Khaqan’s army completely off guard

#11: Hemp shoe, LOAN:STEIN.344 chosen by Helen Persson.

Hemp shoe, chosen by Helen Persson.

Unknown language found stamped in ancient clay tablet - John MacGinnis of the University of Cambridge found that many of the names on the list are not from any currently known ancient language. “One or two are actually Assyrian and a few more may belong to other known languages of the period, such as Luwian or Hurrian,” he says, “but the great majority belong to a previously unidentified language.”

Unknown language found stamped in ancient clay tablet In deciphering the tablet seen above, John MacGinnis of the University of Cambridge found that many of the names on the list are not from any currently known ancient language.

Newly found tablet in a previously unknown language lists the names of women (who were not Assyrians) as workers to the Ziyaret Tepe palace in the ancient Assyrian city of Tušhan over 2500 years ago. Their names were inscribed in cuneiform characters on the clay tablet shown above, which was baked in an accidental fire at the governor's palace around 700 BC.

Unknown language found stamped in ancient clay tablet In deciphering the tablet seen above, John MacGinnis of the University of Cambridge found that many of the names on the list are not from any currently known ancient language.

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Afghan children dry silk threads in a traditional factory in Zandajan district of Herat province. Afghanistan has a long tradition of producing and weaving carpets

The rare discovery was made during excavations at the Buddhist stupa and monastery dating back to 4th century AD. “This is one of the few sites in the world to have the cruciform Stupa which was reserved for Buddha himself.”  The death of the Buddha scene is known as ‘Maha Pari Nirvana’. The statue depicting the scene, measures 14 metres in length, and is the largest ever statue of its kind found in the archaeological history of Gandhara civilisation.

An archaeologist examines a head of Buddha discovered during excavation.

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A team of Japanese and Mongolian archaeologists have discovered the remains of a century military outpost thought to belong to Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan.

‏1,000 year-old mummified monk reveals more of his secrets: @MongolsSilkRoad https://twitter.com/MongolsSilkRoad/status/570684421986242561/photo/1

CT Scan of Buddha Sculpture Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden InsideWhat looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the or century was recently revealed to be quite.