This image shows customs of the Abassid caliphs of Soutwestern Asia which included drinking wine. This would have been a part of their culture when Muslims explored other parts of the Asia and parts of Africa in this period.
This color drawing, produced in 1793 at the request of the Committee of Public Safety and then published as an engraving, caricatures the British army and its king, George III, as incompetent, who, despite fine uniforms, cannot defeat shoddily clad, yet energetic sans–culottes (on the left), who humiliate the British by defecating on the advancing troops. The British vainly try to respond with... Read More »
This sculpture is of the serpent king Muchilinda protecting Buddha, popular in the 12th century Khmer Kingdom, and would have been seen in the travels of Chinese explorers in Southeast Asia and may have been brought with them on the travels to show the importance of healing throughout the kingdom. It shows the important role of Buddhism in this part of Asia.
This chart by an unknown author shows the navigational route that was taken by Admiral Zheng He from Hormuz in southwest Asia to go to Calicut, India that is described by Ma Huan here. It will help students ascertain many of the details made by the Chinese explorers in this period to arrive in Calicut and elsewhere in the... Read More »