A RHYTON FROM TAKHTI SANGIN B.A. LITVINSKY and I.R. PICHIKYAN (Moscow) Abstract Recent investigations of the Oxus temple at Takhti Sangin have produced several dozen Achaemenid objects similar in type and style to the Achaemenid part of the Oxus treasure. One such is the lower part of an ivory rhyton, decorated with a carved protome of a lion, of either Greek or Achaemenid origin. After describing the object and discussing lion iconography in the Assyro-Achaemenid tradition and the origins and typology of the rhyton, the authors suggest that the rhyton considered here may have had a ritual role in Zoroastrian cult in making libations. Several dozen Achaemenid objects, most of them still unpublished,' were found by the South Tajik archaeological expedition during the excavations of the temple of Oxus, built at the end of the 4th-beginning of the 3rd c. B.C. It is situated at the junction of the Vakhsh and the Pyanj rivers, on the right bank of the Amu-darya, not far from the spot which marks its source. Given the place of their discovery, their style and the presence of votive gold plaques these finds from the temple of Oxus have much in common with the
Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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