The Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan: A Study in Late Sasanian Royal Art (Mellen Studies in Archaeology S. No. 3)

The Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan: A Study in Late Sasanian Royal Art (Mellen Studies in Archaeology S. No. 3)

By: Johanna Domela Movassat (author)Hardback

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In this study that relies upon early Persian and Muslim sources, the author explores the questions of the name, date, origin, function and significance of the Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan. Noteworthy observations on the function and significance of the monument are its identification as a triumphal arch that served as a vehicle of expression of ancient Iranian multi-layered concept of kingship.

Contents

Foreword by Dr. Guitty Azarpay i; Acknowledgments v; List of Illustrations vi; Introduction 1; Chapter 1 9; Prior Interpretations of the Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan; Chapter 2 19; The Large Vault: Description and Comments; I. General Description 19; II. Detailed Description and Interpretation 21; The Investiture: The King 21; The Investiture: Ohrmazd 43; The Investiture: Anahita 46; Investiture: Summary 58; The Equestrian Figure 62; The Architectural Device Separating the Equestrian and Investiture Scenes 84; The Boar Hunt 86; The Stag Hunt 100; The Gutters 106. The Floor of the Vault 106; The Crenellations 107; The Flying Figures 109; The Torus and Center Crescent 116; The Tree Design 119; Surface Finish 121; Chapter 3 124; The Function and Role of the Large Vault; I. An Expression of Victory 124; II. An Expression of the Three Aspects of the King 125; The King as Head of State and Head of Religion 126; The King as Warrior 132; The King as Hunter 134; III. A Focus for Religious Festivals 136; IV. A Royal Reviewing Stand 143; V. A Royal Hunting Preserve 149; Chapter 4 157; Conclusion; Appendix A 159; Notes on the Reign of Khusro II; Appendix B 204; Early Travelers at Taq-i Bustan; Bibliography 209; Index 228.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773460751
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9780773460751
  • ISBN10: 0773460756

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