EAST AND WEST:
A CENTRAL ASIAN
FROM THE PARTHIAN ERA
translated by Romany Sadik
This exceptional find comprises a
treasure of over forty-five silver objects which were discovered
in Central Asia. They apparently came from a unique collection,
as indicated by the markings on some of the objects and a number
of the pieces also have karoshti inscriptions.
Some of the objects are plain and
characteristic of Parthian silver. However an important group have
elaborate decoration. Whilst one of the cups is certainly Roman,
other items raise problems as to their origins. Many objects without
doubt come from Roman ateliers or from workshops influenced by Roman
craftsmanship and styles.
Professor Baratte in a magisterial
art-historical analysis discusses each of the items in detail. He
describes their relationship to other known examples and their origin
and the significance of any inscriptions.
This is a beautiful and important
collection which illustrates the fusion of Central Asian cultures
with the work of Western silversmiths and the emulators in those
In an appendix Professor Harry Falk
discusses the names and weights inscribed on some of the objects.
260 x 200mm, 62 pages, 30 black and
ISBN 1 901764 16 8