Sculpture in the Parthian Empire: A Study in Chronology

Sculpture in the Parthian Empire: A Study in Chronology


By (author) Hans Erik Mathiesen


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  • Publisher: Aarhus University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 231 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 302mm x 28mm | 1,361g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Aarhus
  • ISBN 10: 8772883111
  • ISBN 13: 9788772883113
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, indices
  • Sales rank: 1,040,121

Product description

A study on the chronology of the sculpture, primarily large-scale, of the Parthian Empire. The catalogue describes individual sculptural monuments and enumerates results and proposals of previous research. The text volume attempts to date the monuments according to their style and other criteria (such as iconographical traits, historical identifications or the contents of accompanying inscriptions and technical details). The study deals with sculptures from the central part of the Parthian Empire, defined as the area from around the Euphrates in the west (including a few monuments from Edesa and ancient Armenia) to the eastern frontiers of Iran, and from the Persian Gulf in the south to Parthyene, the southern part of Soviet Turkmenistan, in the north. However, some ivory reliefs found at Olbia and normally included in studies on Parthian art are also treated here.

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Table of contents

Volume I: Early Parthian sculpture (c. 250-1 BC); Middle Parthian sculpture (c. 1-150 AD); Late Parthian sculpture (c. 150-225 AD) - Late Parthian I (c. 150-200 AD), Late Parthian II (c. 200-225); Sub-Parthian sculpture at Hatra (the 230s AD); appendices - a survey of the sculpture of Hatra, the sculptures of Dura-Europos, the testimony of the coins, commagene, the sculpture of Antiochos I Theos (c. 69-36 BC), Parthian kings. Volume II Catalogue: Elymais-Susiana; Persis; the Persian Gulf; Central Iran; Iranian Kurdistan; Iraqi Kurdistan; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Greater Mesopotamia; museums and private collections.