Cinnamologus nesting. Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 10, 50): "There is a bird of Arabia called the cinnamolgus which makes its nest out of cinnamon twigs; the people of that country knock the birds down with lead-weighted arrows, and use them for trade." Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 6838B, Folio 24v
Trade deficit to China is not a new problem: "By the lowest reckoning, India, Seres [China] and the Arabian peninsula take from our Empire 100 millions of sesterces every year: that is how much our luxuries and women cost us" complained Pliny the Elder. Maenad from Pompeii in the picture is obviously wearing silk.