A Survey of Persian Art, Volume XVII

From Prehistoric Times to the End of the Sasanian Empire.

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Published: 2005
Page #: viii + 198
Size: 9x12
ISBN: 1-56859-115-2
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The history of this volume and the one that will follow shortly, Volume XVIII on Islamic period, stretches back across three decades. In 1970, shortly after the death of Arthur Upham Pope, Jay Gluck began to gather articles for three more volumes of Survey of Persian Art to be published in honor and memory of his mentor and friend the Iranian art historian, Arthur Pope. Gluck had planned one volume on the art of ancient Iran. By the middle of 1970s Gluck, assisted by his wife Sumi, had gathered a substantial number of articles and proceeded with editing and hoping to publish the three volumes in the late 1970s. Then suddenly he fell ill and his symptoms turned out to be the distant drums of the debilitating Parkinsons disease. His deteriorating health then delayed the completion and publication of these volumes for another twenty five years. In 1996 the publisher invited Professor Abbas Daneshvari to undertake the difficult task of editing and updating this volume and prepare it for publication. However, most of the contributions had become obsolete and were no longer relevant. Moreover, a large number of the authors had passed away making updates and revisions difficult, if not impossible. The editor, therefore excised a number of articles from the collection but invited other scholars to contribute new articles. However, in accordance to Mr. Gluck’s wish, most of the articles of the ancient Iran were preserved. Some have been updated and others have been revised by the editors.


Jay Gluck

Jay Gluck was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Lillian Mary Veronica Friar (Campbell-Phillips) and Harry Fitzer Gluck, a musician.[1] He spent his childhood in New York's East Side and also lived in his mother's hometown of Newcastle, England for a short while. At 17, he joined the US Navy Air Arm. After the war, he attended different universities before graduating in Archaeology and Middle East Studies from UC Berkeley in 1949. He attended the Asia Institute School for Asian Studies, where he completed a two-year MA degree

Gluck was responsible for the republishing of the 19 volumes of The Survey of Persian Art after the original printing plates were destroyed in London in the Second World War.

Invited to Iran in 1966 by his former professor and mentor Arthur Upham Pope, Jay moved his family to Shiraz from Japan to take up the post of Acting Director of the Asia Institute of the Pahlavi University. "n independent research center of publication and study." Gluck oversaw the restoration of the Narenjestan, the beautiful compound of the Ghavam ol-Molk Shirazi, where the Asia Institute was to be housed.

In 1970, Gluck returned with his family to Japan, but maintained a residence in Tehran until his departure forced upon him by changes in the Iranian political climate of 1979 and pending threats of revolution.

1996 saw the publication of, Surveyors of Persian Art: A Documentary Biography of Arthur Upham Pope & Phyllis Ackerman edited by Jay Gluck, Noël Siver and Sumi Hiramoto Gluck, the culmination of 30+ years of work in memory of his lifelong mentor and friend.

        In 1980, the first Kitano International Festival was held under the stewardship of Jay and his wife Sumi Hiramoto Gluck. The Festival held at the Kitano Jinja (Shrine) became renowned in the local community for bringing together people of all nationalities living in Kobe and for its generous contribution of proceeds to various international charities of the day. Jay was the first non-Japanese to receive Kobe City's "International" and "Hyogo Prefecture's 'Order of the Crane'" - their highest civilian awards.

Jay Gluck described himself to Contemporary Authors as a "dilettante of the type one laughingly refers to today as an Asian expert." He commuted quarterly between Iran and Japan from 1963–78, and said that he regrets not recording his impressions of the Iranian milieu just prior to the revolution in 1978: "It is a writer's rent for the space and air he takes up to see life more critically and record this, regardless of the immediate cost it threatens to--but usually does not--demand. Failure to do so costs more later and these payments never cease. The Zen adage that he who knows is silent and he who speaks out knows not is now seen to be but a sad commentary, and not the instructions for evidencing wisdom the young accolyte smugly took them for."

Gluck died on December 19, 2000 in California. 

Abbas Daneshvari

Professor Abbas Daneshvari is the former Chair of the Department of Art and a Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles. His publications cover various aspects of Islamic art's iconography as attested by his books "Animal Symbolism in Warqa wa Gulshah" (Oxford University Press), "Medieval Tomb Towers of Iran" (Mazda Publishers), "Of Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art: An Iconographical Study" (Mazda Publishers) and many articles on the iconography of Islamic art. Professor Daneshvari is the editor of "Essays in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of Katharina Otto Dorn" (Undena Publications) and the editor of volumes 17 and 18 of Arthur Upham Pope's magnum opus, "A Survey of Persian Art" (Mazda Publishers). He is also the author of a forthcoming book on contemporary Iranian art.

Preface vii

A Silver Statuette from the Oxus Treasure: Aspects of Indo-Iranian Solar Symbolism
Martha L. Carter

Symbolism in Details of the Reliefs of Persepolis
Werner Feix Dutz

Excavations at Hasanlu in 1970
Robert E. Dyson, Jr.

Dome Hat
Mehrdad Fakour

Sasanian Clay Sealings from the Collection of ‘Abbas Mazda
Richard N. Frye

Shapur I, Valerian, Lactantius and Holbein
Roman Ghirshman
Translated from French by Jay Gluck

Naqsh-i Rajab
Vladimir G. Lukonin
Translated from Russian by Helen Beshir

The Chapter on Persia in the “Old T’ang Annals”
John L. Mish

Daliman: An Archaeological Survey
Mohsen Moghadam

Persepolis, the Assyrian and Saka Haomavarga Delegations on the Facades of the Apadana Staircases
Muhammad Taqi Mustafavi

Sagzabad Excavations: 1970-71
Ezat O. Negahban

The Pataveh Valley of Kohkiluyeh: A Preliminary Survey Report
Carl J. Penton

Nomad Variations on Achaemenid Lion Ornaments
Tamara Talbot Rice

The Plasticity of Achaemenid Sculpture
John Shapley

On the Identification of the Tomb of Cyrus
David Stronach

The Dog-Bird: Senmurv = Paskuj
Camillia V. Trever

Religious Symbolism in Achaemenid Art
Yahya Zoka

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