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Author Vidale, Massimo, author

Title Treasures from the Oxus : the art and civilization of Central Asia / Massimo Vidale ; with photographs by Valerio Ricciardi
Published London : I.B. Tauris, 2017


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 224 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color map
Contents The rise of a system of power -- Unbroken evolution -- The elites in life and death -- Contacts with other regions and the Indus -- Intricacy of craft technologies -- Shadows of lost beliefs -- Form of government, administration, writing -- Collapse -- The mysterious 'Bactrain princesses' -- On the tracks of a 'man-dragon': the balafrés
Summary In history, this grand arterial 1500-mile waterway was always seen as the natural frontier between the northern provinces of the Iranian empires and the outer Turanian lands. It was for centuries central to Achaemenid and later Persian power. But, as the author shows, it has a prehistory which goes very much further back: and a succession of skilled yet still elusive Bronze Age cultures flourished here well before the rise of Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BCE. This richly illustrated book explores the fascinating history, art and archaeology of the region, including its primal trade in silk and foodstuffs; the mineral wealth of the Oxus basin; its exotic myths and beliefs; and the converging tribes and peoples which led to a new stability, economic growth and urbanism. The volume contains 150 full-colour photographs of notable artefacts, including silver decorated vessels, inlaid stone pots, agate beads and 25 'Bactrian Princesses': remarkable statuettes made in chlorite and limestone. Most of these rare objects have never been seen, let alone published, before
Notes Map on lining papers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-215) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject HISTORY -- Ancient -- General.
SUBJECT Asia, Central -- Antiquities
Amu Darya -- Antiquities
Asia, Central -- History.
Subject Asia -- Amu Darya
Central Asia
Oxus-Tempel Tacht-e Sangin
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Ricciardi, Valerio, photographer
ISBN 9781838609764