Ars Orientalis 32 (2002) by Smithsonian Institution

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Such a dating sceKerkenesivory(Kohl 1995). nariois not contradictedby theas-yetlimitedceramic The Medes were an Indo-Iranianpeople who recordfromthe site, and it is confirmedby the dat- had migratedwestwardand by the turninto the first ing of the fibulamentionedabove. We firsthear of tory of westernand centralAsia. The city of Ecbatana,under highlandsand plateau,and farthereast across Sibe- modernHamadan,was the heartlandcapitalof Meriaand centralAsia. dia(Knapton,Sarraf,andCurtis2001: 99-100).

And in 547, when the armiesof Cyrus extendingits power and controlbeyond its ter- thePersianadvancedtowardLydia(followingthederitory,but one of relativelylimitedsize. The Perless significantif one agreeswith Briantconcern- sians will have known full well that Pteria,as a Meing the natureof Mediancontrol of the eastern dian strongholdon a recentlyalteredpoliticalmap, areasof Iran[Briant1984a and 1984b;now add was theirsforthe taking-a greatstrategicprize. UnBriant1996: 3 7], andifwe knewsomethingspefortunatelyfor Cyrus (and for the continuedlife of cificaboutMediancontrolof westernand north- Pteria),Croesusgot therefirst.

Her smallpointed earoverlapsthe base of the horn. Her eye, set in a concaveprofile,is slightlycrescent shapedratherthanround;finelinesareincisedabove andbelow it. The nannygoat'sdistendedbellyis not an original feature meant to indicate pregnancy. Rather,it is a resultof postdepositionaldistortionof thepanelaccentuatedby consolidationat thispoorly preservedsection. A ewe continuesthe paradeof animals(fig. 14). Her slightlyroundedearoverlapsthe horn. Her eye, set in a face with concaveprofile,is round,witha shallowlineincisedaboveit.

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