Rebirth of the Oxus Treasure: Second Part of the Oxus Treasure From the Miho Museum Collection

Rebirth of the Oxus Treasure: Second Part of the Oxus Treasure From the Miho Museum Collection REBIRTH OF THE OXUS TREASURE: SECOND PART OF THE OXUS TREASURE FROM THE MIHO MUSEUM COLLECTION I.R. PICHIKYAN An account is offered of the discovery of the Oxus treasure in 1877 and the recovery in 1993 of part of it, now conserved in the Mihon Museum in Japan. Descriptions and analyses are given of 17 sculptures and 48 ritual vessels in the Mihon Museum collection. Comparison of these items with those of the British Museum Treasure point to their provenance as votive objects held in the treasury of a Zoroastrian temple of the Achaemenid period and confirm the identity of finds from the treasure with finds from the now excavated shrine of the Oxus. With this article the journal Ancient Civilizations began its publication of the lost and now rediscovered Oxus Treasure (OT-2). This is without doubt the largestl and most astonishing hoard from the Achaemenian and Hellenistic periods. It was first discovered in the 19th century and the history of that first discovery is well-known. The Oxus Treasure was first sold and then lost: what followed was a veritable treasure hunt with the classical ingredients of a detective story, which at last came only very recently to Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia Brill

Rebirth of the Oxus Treasure: Second Part of the Oxus Treasure From the Miho Museum Collection

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