Kuttamuwa Stele, Neo-Hittite, ca. 735 BCE
The mortuary stele of Kuttamuwa, an official of Panamuwa II of Sam’al. Written in Samali Aramaic, the 800 pound inscribed stele is notable for its reference to the “soul” being apart from the physical body and the idea that the soul lived on in the stele dedicated to the deceased person, providing valuable information about the beliefs of the people in the region during the Iron Age period in which this inscription was produced.
It was discovered by the Neubauer Expedition in a private shrine in the Neo-Hittite city of Zincirli in July 2008.
Mausoleum Khoja Mashhad, Tajikistan. It’s located in southeastern Tajikistan, and is one of the oldest madrassas in Central Asia, dating from the 9th-11th centuries. Local residents consider structure to have emerged overnight, but research suggests that this complex was most likely the development of an ancient madrassa.
*I took these pictures myself, so please forgive the quality
Embroidered boots with gradated colors, ca 2nd - 3rd century CE. Excavated from Tomb No. 5 of Cemetery No. 1, Niya, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum.
After “shash hafta” (6 weeks) of language study in Tajikistan, I’m finally back in the states. I’ve seen so many interesting, beautiful, ancient structures and artifacts in this wonderful, dusty country and by the end of the week, I should be ready to share some of my finds with you all. Have a happy summer!
Leaf from a Manichaean Book
8th -9th c
Ink and polychrome on paper
17.2 x 11.2 cm
Museum fur Indianische Kunst, SMPK
MIK III 6368
"This illuminated page from another Manichaean manuscript is separated into two registers, separated by a band of Uigur script. The painting shows rows upon rows of clerics, all clothed in the tall white hats and robes of the Manichaean priesthood. In fact, the only aspect that offers these figures any individuality is found in the style of their beards. (1) The priests are seated at low tables out of doors, each with a sheet of white paper before him. Most sit with pens grasped in their hands, concentrating on their writing, though what it is that they are so intent on recording we do not know."
As some of you may know, I will be studying abroad in Tajikistan under a State Department scholarship called NSLI-Y. I’ll be learning the Tajiki dialect of the Persian language and staying with a host family. I’m really excited, but unfortnately, until August, I won’t be able to post to this blog. However, I do have plans to take some pictures of some archaeological sites/artifacts if possible and post them to forgottenancients once I return in August.
You can read more about my adventures here: http://persiantopersian.tumblr.com/
and you can learn more about NSLI-Y here: http://www.nsliforyouth.org/
Stylized female figurine carved from mammoth ivory. From the collection of The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Date:7th centuryGeography:Made in Tirana, AlbaniaCulture:Byzantine
Vinca symbols, from southeastern Europe, 6th-5th millennia BC.
Gold necklace, late bronze age, about 14th-13th centuries BC. Probably from western modern Turkey
Embroidery with a Benedictory Motif
1st century BC
Silk 39.5 x 35.7 cm
Burial mound at Noin-ula, Mongolia