Roman glass, dated 52–125 AD and found at Begram, Afghanistan, a royal city of the Kushan Empire where, according to Warwick Ball, it was likely on its way to China via the Silk Road along with other glass items. [800×1148]

Roman glass, dated 52–125 AD and found at Begram, Afghanistan, a royal city of the Kushan Empire where, according to Warwick Ball, it was likely on its way to China via the Silk Road along with other glass items. [800×1148]

Tattered 38-star US silk flag which was the company colors of the Bain Zouaves, a post-Civil War militia company in St. Louis, Missouri, c. 1879-1886. [6016×4000]

Tattered 38-star US silk flag which was the company colors of the Bain Zouaves, a post-Civil War militia company in St. Louis, Missouri, c. 1879-1886. [6016×4000]

Elaborately embroidered “sweet bag” purse made from silk and decorated with gold and silver. British, last quarter of the 16th century. [2978×3722]

Elaborately embroidered “sweet bag” purse made from silk and decorated with gold and silver. British, last quarter of the 16th century. [2978×3722]

Two recent purchases: The Silk Roads, because I saw a presentation by Peter Frankopan that got my interest and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, because it kept popping up as a recommendation from people I know.

Two recent purchases: The Silk Roads, because I saw a presentation by Peter Frankopan that got my interest and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, because it kept popping up as a recommendation from people I know.