These figures show the meeting of two cultures through the common love of music.
The figure on the right is a Kuchean musician playing a pipa (lute). This instrument originated in Iran and reached China via the Silk Road, becoming popular in the 5th century. The Chinese woman on the left plays a jiegu, a drum that originated in India and was made from skin stretched over a wooden frame. Kuchean music was famed along the Eastern Silk Road and many melodies were played using these two instruments.