Arts of the Hellenized East: Precious Metalwork and Gems of the Pre-Islamic Era
- ISBN 9780500970690
- 0.00 x 0.00 cm
- First published 2015
The al-Sabah Collection houses one of the world’s most spectacular collections of ancient silver vessels and other objects made of precious metals and gems, dating from the centuries following Alexander the Great’s conquest of Iran and Bactria in the later 4th century BCE up to the advent of the Islamic era
'A stunningly produced volume with an abundance of sumptuous illustrations and informative essays … a wonderful book for art-lovers in general'– Minerva
‘Beautifully illustrated’ – Apollo
Visually compelling and accessible to all art lovers, yet a valuable scholarly resource for collectors, archaeologists and historians, this is an informative and beautifully produced guide to one of the world’s most spectacular collections of precious metalwork from the Hellenized East.
Martha Carter discusses eighty spectacular bowls, drinking vessels and other luxury items from the Hellenistic East, including many rare and important objects never before reproduced in print.
The decorative motifs of these exquisite objects include classical subjects and animal motifs combined with floral and vegetal designs that testify both to the astonishing skill of their craftsmen and to the complex interconnected cultural histories of Greece, Iran and Central Asia. These connections are explored further in two illustrated essays.
Prudence O. Harper’s discussion of a group of eighteen magnificent Sasanian and later Central Asian works of art, including some important royal seals, and an essay by Pieter Meyers on the technology of ancient silver production, including a new metallurgical analysis that helps to clarify the objects’ origins, complete the catalogue.
Martha L. Carter holds a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and has taught and curated at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the University of Wisconsin. She has published extensively on the art and archaeology of India, Iran and Central Asia from the time of Alexander the Great to the Islamic Era.
Prudence O. Harper is Curator Emerita in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She has participated in numerous archaeological expeditions in Iran, Iraq and Jordan and is the author of many books and articles on the ancient Near East, with a special interest in the art of the Sasanians.
Pieter Meyers is an independent scholar and Senior Research Chemist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he was formerly Head of Conservation.
This is the sixth volume in Thames & Hudson’s celebrated series exploring the treasures of The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait.