Monks and merchants traveled across Central Asia along the Silk Road, exchanging materials and ideas. In this funerary procession, the caravan is joined by warriors, musicians, and guardian beasts to escort the deceased soul in its migration from this world to the next.
Cary Y. Liu, Nancy and Peter Lee Curator of Asian Art
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