07 September 2015
Seleucia al Tigri. Le terrecotte figurate dagli scavi italiani e americani
Three volumes (Monografie di Mesopotamia, XVI), Firenze 2014
The work, in three volumes, collects around 11,000 terracotta figurines that were brought to light throughout the last century at Seleucia on the Tigris.
Such a large corpus grew with time thanks to the efforts of two archaeological expeditions, the American mission of the University of Michigan and the Italian mission of the Centro Scavi di Torino. Its comprehensive presentation allows us to fully appreciate the rich informative potential of the Seleucian figurines, born from the encounter and the ex- change between Greek, Mesopotamian and Iranian culture. The book opens with an overview – both in Italian and in English – on the characteristics of the coroplastic production from Seleucia: techniques of manufacturing, iconography, style, chronology, function and meaning of the figurines are taken into consideration. The catalogue that follows is organized on a typological basis and is divided into four sections according to the finding areas of the figurines. The abundant photographic documentation illustrates over two third of the published materials.