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9th Century: Mandrake

In that valley which encompasses the city on the north side there is a certain place called Baaras, which produces a root of the same name with itself; its color is like to that of flame, and towards the evenings … Continue reading

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12th Century: Monster

This illustration comes from a series of handscrolls telling the legends of the Shinto Kitano Tenjin Shrine, located in Kamakura, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a 9th century scholar, poet, and statesman who came to be … Continue reading

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848 AD: Parinirvana

The Mogao Caves,¬†carved into cliffs near the town of Dunhuang in northwest China, date from the 4th to the 14th century AD and lay along the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road. There are about 500 of them,¬† … Continue reading

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