Treasures from the Oxus

Treasures from the Oxus

Treasures from the Oxus

In history, this grand arterial 1500-mile waterway was always seen as the natural frontier between the northern provinces of the Iranian empires and the outer Turanian lands. It was for centuries central to Achaemenid and later Persian power. But, as the author shows, it has a prehistory which goes very much further back: and a succession of skilled yet still elusive Bronze Age cultures flourished here well before the rise of Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BCE. This richly illustrated book explores the fascinating history, art and archaeology of the region, including its primal trade in silk and foodstuffs; the mineral wealth of the Oxus basin; its exotic myths and beliefs; and the converging tribes and peoples which led to a new stability, economic growth and urbanism. The volume contains 150 full-colour photographs of notable artefacts, including silver decorated vessels, inlaid stone pots, agate beads and 25 'Bactrian Princesses': remarkable statuettes made in chlorite and limestone. Most of these rare objects have never been seen, let alone published, before.

The Treasure of the Oxus

The Treasure of the Oxus

The Treasure of the Oxus


Treasure of the Oxus

Treasure of the Oxus

Treasure of the Oxus


The Oxus Treasure

The Oxus Treasure

The Oxus Treasure

In May 1880 Captain F.C. Burton, a British political officer in Afghanistan, rescued a group of merchants who had been captured by bandits while travelling between Kabul and Peshawar. With them was a rich and impressive collection of gold and silver objects dating back to the fifth and fourth centuries BC. From the banks of the River Oxus, the entire hoard was, in due course, bequeathed to the British Museum. Consisting of around 170 objects, including vessels, a gold scabbard, armlets, coins and much more, the collection is an example of ancient goldsmithery at its very best. With exciting and descriptive insight placing the treasure into historical and cultural context, this book takes a closer look at the individual wonders that make up the Oxus Treasure one of the British Museums most celebrated and cherished collections.

Franks Bequest The Treasure of the Oxus with Other Objects from Ancient Persia and India Bequeathed to the Trustees of the British

Franks Bequest  The Treasure of the Oxus  with Other Objects from Ancient Persia and India  Bequeathed to the Trustees of the British

Franks Bequest The Treasure of the Oxus with Other Objects from Ancient Persia and India Bequeathed to the Trustees of the British

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Treasure of the Oxus

Treasure of the Oxus

Treasure of the Oxus