The third illustration for "If a Family Heirloom could Tell All" is a fiction based on the Romanticism of the 19th century. There were rabbis that did just as the one in my story. I don't really know how the Widler family acquired the Aracapana statue. The statues head covering has round holes drilled over both ears. They might well have been made bay a pilgrim who sewed the statue to some part of their clothing to prevent it from being stolen by bandits.
In the illustration the turban wearing Ottoman Jewish Rabbi removed his boots and outer long robe to forge a river on the Silk Road.