Items of Sogdian Origin

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Items of Sogdian Origin

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These items are either from the catalogue Expedition Silk Road from the State Hermitage Museum, were from pictures provided by Prof. Aleksandr Naymark, or were confirmed by Prof. Naymark to have been of Sogdian origins. They should form the basis for your selection of objects to describe this semester, although you can supplement three or four from this collection from other objects in this Omeka site or that you have found while researching and studying content this semester.

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Cup with Goats
The form of this cup with its rounded body, low cylindrical neck and handle with a thumbpiece, was borrowed by Sogdian masters from the culture of the ancient Turks. The mountain goats are set in large roundels with incisions,
a technique…

Dish from Bol' she Anikovskoe; Dish with the Siege of Jericho and Joshua conquests
The scene on the dish derives from the Book of Joshua in the Bible and the episodes should be read from bottom up. In the lower part is the Siege of Jericho with the harlot Rahab looking out of the window (Joshua ii and vi); above is the carrying…

Battle with Amazons  (eastern and western parts)
Cats 125–27 come from the main room of one of ancient Panjakent’s largest residential buildings, where the paintings were arranged in three tiers. The low first tier (50 cm high) was divided into rectangular sections of different…

Lower part of a rhyton with bull head
A rhyton is a vessel in the form of a curved horn with a small opening, used to decant wine. It was usually employed at feasts and rhytons can be seen, for instance, on the stone Gandhāran relief from Butkara (modern Pakistan) and in fragments of a…

Merchants Feasting
This mural was on the southern wall of a room thought to have served the function of a domestic sanctuary or ‘chapel’ in a rich man’s dwelling. Although the function of such rooms at Panjikent is not entirely clear, scholars see them as being…

Kartikeya Panel from the Wooden Dome in Panjikent
Drawing after Belenitskiĭ et al., p. 130, fig. 7

Cup with Arabic Inscription
This cup on a low stand has a hemispherical body and outward-curving spout. The dark brown (manganese) painting was applied to white engobe and covered with colourless lead glaze. The inscription in the Arabic Kufic script is a didactic aphorism,…

Goddess on a Lion
High relief fragment from a frieze in the main room of a house. Set inside an arch is a woman – possibly a goddess – riding a lion. She is shown from an unusual angle, with her head turned in threequarters view, her shoulders and body almost…

Goddess with Sun and Moon in Her Hands
The mural, with a red background, was at the end of a covered corridor in a wealthy dwelling, beneath an illusory painted arch (part of the curve survives). Four-armed Nanaya, the most respected goddess in Sogdiana, is shown seated on a lion (poorly…

Pendant in the Form of Buddha Sakyamuni
The standing figure of Buddha Śākyamuni makes the abhaya mudrā or gesture of no fear with his left hand and holds the edge of his garment with his right. This pendant was presumably worn around the neck as an amulet. There were significant numbers…

Ruler Enthroned
This is the culminating scene in the story of the rescue of a girl abducted by a demon, the subject interpreted by Boris Marshak. Seated in Turkish manner, beneath an arch and on a gold throne with elephant legs, is a ruler or king. In his right hand…

Statuettes of Musicians
A large number of musicians feature among the terracotta statuettes made in Antiquity and found on the territory of Afrasiab (Samarkand), capital of Sogdiana. They play the harp, the drums, the cymbals, but most frequently of all they play the lute…