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Is there a word for when, say, in an artwork, there are various items that are completely different to each other, or anachronistic? Like, for example, a watch from the 1800s and a Snoopy figurine?

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Formally, you could talk about them being an "incongruous" juxtaposition. And informally, you can say that they are "like chalk and cheese".

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For the example of the watch and Snoopy, I would say the items are unrelated, if I saw them, for example, on a shop shelf.

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Maybe you are looking for "surrealist", which is an adjective describing anything that was incongruously juxtaposed.

"Surrealism" refers to a movement which specialised in fantasy and incongruous juxtaposition.

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