Afghanistan. Hellenic cultural and artistic influences can be seen in many pieces at Tillya Tepe found alongside artefacts from China and India.  Statuette of a woman standing on a makara, possibly a furniture ornament from the 1st-2nd centuries AD made from ivory

Afghanistan. Hellenic cultural and artistic influences can be seen in many pieces at Tillya Tepe found alongside artefacts from China and India. Statuette of a woman standing on a makara, possibly a furniture ornament from the 1st-2nd centuries AD made from ivory

Surya, the sun God, Kashmir,  8th Century. Leaded brass, h. cm. 50,3. The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Surya, the sun God, Kashmir, 8th Century. Leaded brass, h. cm. 50,3. The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Hevajra resembles Shiva in Indian Hinduism but is a Buddhist deity. Both show the bi-polar nature of reality within the non-duality of the absolute. Hevajra differs from Mahayana Buddhism where phenomena are illusions and not integral to sunyata.

Hevajra resembles Shiva in Indian Hinduism but is a Buddhist deity. Both show the bi-polar nature of reality within the non-duality of the absolute. Hevajra differs from Mahayana Buddhism where phenomena are illusions and not integral to sunyata.

(Afghanistan) Tillya Tepe Tomb. Bactrian Gold Coins. ca 1st century CE. National Museum of Afghanistan

(Afghanistan) Tillya Tepe Tomb. Bactrian Gold Coins. ca 1st century CE. National Museum of Afghanistan

Standing Figure, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.  Ecuador or Colombia; Tolita/Tumaco  Gold

Standing Figure, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D. Ecuador or Colombia; Tolita/Tumaco Gold

Mummy of a hawk with naturistically modelled head, with painted details, wrapped in narrow bandages of fine linen, arranged in a herring-bone pattern, foot damaged.

Mummy of a hawk with naturistically modelled head, with painted details, wrapped in narrow bandages of fine linen, arranged in a herring-bone pattern, foot damaged.

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