Many artistic influences transited along the Silk Road
, especially through the Central Asia
, where Hellenistic
influence were able to intermix. In particular Greco-Buddhist art
represent one of the most vivid examples of this interaction.
Following contacts of metropolitan China with nomadic western and northwestern border territories in the 8th century BCE
was introduced from Central Asia
, and Chinese jade
carvers began to make imitation designs of the steppes
, adopting the Scythian
-style animal art of the steppes (descriptions of animals locked in combat). This style is particularly reflected in the rectangular belt plaques made of gold
with alternate versions in jade
and steatite "There is evidence of gold belt-plaques with "Scythian" "animal style" art, greaves, barrows and other indications of the penetration of steppe cultures south of the Yangzi before the Han period"
(Mallory and Mair "The Tarim Mummies", p.329)
Following the expansion of the Greco-Bactrians
into Central Asia, Greek influences on Han art have often been suggested (Hirth
). Designs with rosette
flowers, geometric lines, and glass inlays, suggestive of Hellenistic influences, can be found on some early Han
bronze mirrors, dated between 300-200 BCE Zhou bowl: "RED EARTHENWARE BOWL, DECORATED WITH A SLIP AND INLAID......