Watery Ruin

One might think that is a relief of Poseidon, complete with his trident, but this is Hindu artwork—a part of the ruins from the ancient Khmer Empire. This place is known as Kbal Spean and is often referred to as the ‘River of a Thousand Lingas,’ according to the Lonely Planet website. A linga is…

Mongolian Ivory

This is some of the most intricate artwork I have ever seen. This piece of carved ivory is centuries old and depicts a Mongolian army. “Where did you find it?” you might ask, “Mongolia, China, Russia?” I found this piece sitting in a display case inside a bar in one of the hotels on the…

Terracotta Warrior

This is a close-up look at the face and armor of one of China’s famous Terracotta Warriors. An estimated 8,000 clay ceramic warriors are in the Terracotta Warrior Archeological Site, east of present day Xi’an, China. The archeological site is an amazing place to visit. Centuries ago, these warriors were intricately created by skilled craftsman and then…

Fount Pantheon

The amount of history that can be seen, touched, and walked on in the city of Rome is astonishing. This is the Pantheon. It was originally constructed around 125 AD on top of a previous temple site. It’s dome roof is an architecturally amazing feat of 2nd century engineering. It was originally dedicated to all the gods, but in the…

Mossy Ruins

These reliefs are in remarkably good condition for having been carved in a very moist environment over 700 years ago. I found them in the Angkor Thom ruins near Siem Reap, Cambodia. These are only a few of many moss-covered carvings found amongst a very long wall here. They are located in a kind of U-shaped…

Cambodian Relief

I believe this is a relief sculpture of the Hindu goddess Shiva. This particular carving is a part of the Bayon Temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Bayon is the central temple in the much larger Angkor Thom complex (the largest of the walled complex in the Angkor area). The enormous scale of the Angkor Wat temple is breathtaking,…