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Architecture and Imagery in Sasanian Iran

Author:
Pierfrancesco Callieri
Architecture and Imagery in Sasanian Iran
Callieri, Pierfrancesco. Architecture et représentations dans l’Iran Sassanide. Cahiers de Studia Iranica 50. Paris: Peeters, 2014.

This volume contains the text of the five “Ehsan and Latifeh Yarshater Distinguished Lectures on Iranian Studies”, organized by the Unité Mixte de Recherche 7528 “Mondes iranien et indien”, and delivered in 2014 at the College de France in Paris.

The aim of this book is to take stock of the architectural and figurative culture of Sasanian Iran on the basis of a new comprehensive evaluation of the varied range of architectural and artistic evidence known to us, and in the light of the recent discoveries published in Iran over the last few years. Without any pretence of being exhaustive, the idea is to bring more light to bear on the utilisation of built-up areas, forms of expression and visual communication, and the mechanisms involved in artisanal production. Two chapters are dedicated to the architecture, a field in which we are far from having arrived at a general consensus, while another chapter deals with a category of artistic production closely linked to the architecture, namely stucco work. The other two chapters look into the technical-stylistic aspects of types of production so far studied mainly from the iconographic point of view: the rock reliefs and the seals.

Table of Contents:
1. Form and function of the residences of kings and nobles
2. The fire sanctuary of the Sasanian period: questions of interpretation
3. The craft of stucco modelling in Sasanian Iran in the light of recent finds
4. Sasanian rock reliefs: birth and development of the artistic centres
5. Questions of technique and style in the production of seals of the Sasanian age: the production centres

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