Siberian with minks, c 1700.
RUSSIA - JUNE 10: Engraving of a fur-clad indigenous hunter, possibly from Siberia, holding a bow and trident in one hand, and two dead mink or ermine in the other. From �Three Years Travels from Moscow over-land to China� by Evert Ysbrants Ides, published in London in 1706. In 1692 Peter the Great of Russia (1672-1725) sent his ambassador Ides overland on a diplomatic mission to China, a trip which took nearly three years. Ides� book describes �the extent and limits of those countries, and the customs of the barbarous inhabitants, with reference to their religion, government, marriages, daily imployments [sic], habits, habitations, diet, death, funerals etc�. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)