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Sasanian Coinage and History. The Civic Numismatic Collection of Milan.

Series: Sasanika Series 3
Availability: In stock
Published: 2010
Page #: x + 130
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-252-3, ISBN 13: 978-1-56859-252-7
plates, bibliography, index, notes

 
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The present monograph provides a survey of the Sasanian coin collection in /the Civico Gabinetto Numismatico/ of Milan. The collection consists of sixty-nine silver coins from the Sasanian period, stretching from the beginning of the reign of Ardašir I (224-241 CE) to Xusraw II (590/591-628). Included in the collection are also two post-Sasanian coins attributed to the early period of Muslim domination in Iran, suggesting a strong Sasanian influence. The publication of the milanese collection provides scholars with the possibility of studying five centuries of Sasanian numismatics and art history. Apart from the role of coins as a primary source in economic history, it is sometimes only by means of their evidence that scholars can identify the representation of the Sasanian kings on other objects of art such as plates or seals,and even rock reliefs.

This study provides an historical review, as well as outline of the criteria considered in the study of the collection, before embarking
upon a study of Sasanian numismatics and art history. One of the central points of analysis is the question of the royal crowns. Sasanian crowns,
unique to each king, were influenced by both the tradition of the Fratarakas, the local rulers of Persis, and the Parthians. They eventually developed to a typical Sasanian “decorated cap”, surmounted by a high /korymbos/. Specific iconographic representations such as diadems with long ribbons, as well as astral representations in form of dotted rims related to Zoroastrianism are also studied in the present volume. Technical matters such as coin weight standards and the study of mints are further considered. Particular attention is paid to the forging of an Iranian identity, observable from the coins and evidenced
by the exclusive use of the Pahlavi script.

author

Andrea Gariboldi

Andrea Gariboldi graduated from the University of Milan in the field of Ancient Archaeology. He received his Ph.D. in Iranian Studies from the University of Bologna. Presently he is a Lecturer in Philology, History and Religion of Iran at the University of Bologna (Ravenna Campus). Gariboldi's most recent book is: /Il regno di Xusraw dall'anima immortale. Riforme economiche e rivolte sociali nell'Iran sasanide del VI secolo/, Milan 2006.

Preface

History of the Collection ,3

Coinage and Art of the Sasanians through the analysis of their Crowns 7

The Coins' Iconography ,35


Denominations and Weights, 47

Mints and Circulation of the Coins , 55

Catalogue, 69
Plates ,89

Bibliography, 111

Index 127

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