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17-21), is a general discussion of Sasanian glyptics, mainly the different motifs that were engraved on seal stones but also the physical characteristics of the seals themselves.
glyptics (Erica Ehrenberg, "The Rooster in Mesopotamia," in Leaving No Stones Unturned: Essays on the Ancient Near East and Egypt in Honor of Donald P.
Except for the lulav (sprouting branches or a palm frond) and ethrog (citron), unique symbols of Judaism that appear on a number of seals, glyptic imagery is shared by Jews with others.
In addition to the catalogues of seal collections that contain some of the seals included here, in his own catalogue of Jewish seals Friedenberg mentions the glyptic remains (both seals and clay sealings) found at Qasr-i Abu Nasr in southern Iran (again, see n.
It is unfortunate that Friedenberg did not make use of Harper's major contribution on Sasanian glyptic art in this volume, but instead cites Joseph Upton's introductory chapter on the site and description of the clay sealings found there; unfortunately, Upton's categorization of seals, described in chapter 4 (p.
30:5; Judith A Lerner, "The Sacrifice of Isaac Revisited: Additional Observations on a Theme in Sasanian Glyptic Art," in Facts and Artefacts: Art in the Ancient World: Festschrift for Jens Kroger on his 65th Birthday, ed.
Bivar noted the similarity between the "Lion-Dangler" in Achaemenid glyptic with similar renderings in Christian contexts and drew attention to two Sasanian seals with this theme ("A Persian Monument in Athens and Its Connections with the Achaemenid State Seals," in W.
Principles of composition in Near Eastern glyptic of the later second millennium BC.
The section on the EBA Syrian glyptics extensively deals with a topic previously poorly investigated and should therefore have called for a separate volume.
The Early Glyptic of Tell Brak: Cylinder Seals of Third Millennium Syria.
185-99) Matthews summarizes the results of the study within the wider framework of third-millennium Syrian civilization and discusses relations among glyptic styles, administration, and contemporary political and economic developments.
Matthews' analysis results in a much more diversified overall picture of Syrian glyptic and of its relations with the south than previously supposed.
The section about the Brak seals and impressions offers a full discussion of this unique corpus of glyptic material.
Matthews' study tackles a number of important issues, of which I mention only two: the synchronization of the regional sequences of northern Mesopotamia with the south, and the value of glyptic versus pottery for dating archaeological levels.
Sarianidi believes that the earlier sources for the BMAC are to be found in the western regions, as is testified by similar subjects and compositions in Bactrian-Margiana, Mesopotamian, Elamite and Syro-Hittite glyptics.
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