Coins, Art, and Chronology

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Michael Alram, Deborah E. Klimburg-Salter, ed., 1999
Coins, Art, and Chronology: Essays on the pre-Islamic History of the Indo-Iranian Borderlands. (BKGA 31.) Wien: VÖAW, 1999 (order online). (498 S.)
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This publication includes 24 articles by internationally acknowledged specialists in the fields of history, archaeology, art history, numismatics and philology. As the title indicates, the articles are organised chronologically and methodologically, beginning with the Hellenistic period in Bactria and ending with the pre-Islamic and early Islamic cultures of Central Asia. The greatest number of articles deals with the Kushan and post Kushan periods and problems of chronology from a variety of methodological perspectives. This volume represents a valuable significant scientific contribution to the cultural history of pre-Islamic Inner Asia and Northwest India. It presents in every instance the most recent research on new numismatic, archaeological, art historical, and philological discoveries from the Indo-Iranian border areas. In most cases the new evidence presented in these articles was discovered only within the last ten years so that this volume presents for the first time the most recent state of research in a rapidly changing discipline. As such there is no doubt that this volume will serve as a scientific resource for a number of related disciplines for many years to come.

Content

KLIMBURG-SALTER, Deborah E.: From an art historical perspective: problems of chronology in the Kusana period;

ALRAM, Michael: Indo-Parthian and early Kushan chronology: the numismatic evidence;

BERNARD, Paul: Greek geography and literary fiction from Bactria to India: the case of the Aornoi and Taxila;

BOPEARACHCHI, Osmund: Recent coin hoard evidence on pre-Kushana chronology;

GÖBL, Robert: The early Kushan kings: new evidence for chronology. Evidence from the Rabatak Inscription of Kanishka I;

ERRINGTON, Elizabeth: Rediscovering the collections of Charles Masson; ZEYMAL, Evgeny V.: Tillya-Tepe within the context of the Kushan chronology;

SIMS-WILLIAMS, Nicholas: From the Kushan-Shas to the Arabs. New Bactrian documents dated in the era of the Tochi inscriptions;

NIKITIN, Alexander: Notes on the chronology of the Kushano-Sasanian kingdom;

LERNER, Judith: Some Central Asian seals in the Rosen collection;

CALLIERI, Pierfrancesco: Huns in Afghanistan and the north-west of the Indian subcontinent: the glyptic evidence;

GYSELEN, Rika: Sasanian glyptic, an example of cultural interaction between the Hellenistic world and the Iranian world;

HARPER, Prudence O.: Geographical location and significant imagery: Taq-i Bostan; THIERRY, Francois: Sur les monnaies des Türgesh;

TSUCHIYA, Haruko: Tracing ancient routes in northern Pakistan. Field research (1991-1996) (Preliminary report);

TADDEI, Maurizio: Chronological problems connected with Buddhist unbaked-clay sculpture from Afghanistan and surrounding areas;

TISSOT, Francine: Jewellery in Gandharan art: images and reality; ZEYMAL, Tamara I.: On the chronology of the Buddhist site of Kara tepe;

HAESNER, Chhaya: Paradise scenes in Central Asian art: autochthonous or modelled after Gandhara art?;

RASPOPOVA, Valentina: Gold coins and bracteates from Pendjikent;

LUBO-LESNICHENKO, Evgeny: Western motifs in the Chinese textiles of the early Middle Ages;

KRÖGER, Jens: Laden with glass goods. From Syria via Iraq and Iran to the Famen Temple in China.

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