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Thread: Yuezhi from the frieze of Khaltchayan Reception Hall, north Bactria, 50BC-50AD

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    Lightbulb Yuezhi from the frieze of Khaltchayan Reception Hall, north Bactria, 50BC-50AD

    At Khaltchayan, in central Asia, a building datable to c. 50 BC-AD 50 - perhaps a reception hall - was built. It contained a six-column portico, a central hall entered (like a 'broad-room' shrine) through its long side, and a ('centralised'?) square inner chamber with two central columns, enclosed by corridors, but with roof edge ornaments (antefixes) and terracotta roof tiles of Greek type
    Drawings of Yuezhi (Yue-Chi, later Kushan) costume & soldiers from the frieze of Khaltchayan (Khaltchayana or Khatchayan) Reception Hall, 50 BC-50 AD, north Bactria (southern Uzbekistan)

    Traces of wall-painting including a head in the vestibule of the Khaltchayan 'reception hall' (c. 50 BC-AD 50) show a continuation of the style seen at Dilberdjin. The main reception chamber in the Khaltchayan hall was decorated with splendid wall reliefs in clay and stucco on a wooden frame ...
    In the centre of the main wall sat a royal couple flanked by attendants; on the north side were further nobles, and a goddess on a chariot, while on the south were central Asian archers...{& a cataphract}
    Most characteristic of this blended style is the great bronze statue of a Parthian grandee from the Shami sanctuary, variously dated c. 50 BC-AD 150; although Iranian in subject, the figure exhibits a Greek naturalism (Plate XIV). Thus in this period the hybrid has become completely predominant; and within the possibilities offered by this development, one has emerged pre-eminent: that in which different styles are completely blended.
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    Drawings of Yuezhi (Yue-Chi, later Kushan) costume & soldiers from the frieze of Khaltchayan (Khaltchayana or Khatchayan) Reception Hall, 50 BC-50 AD, north Bactria (southern Uzbekistan)

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    Last edited by druzhina; 01-22-2018 at 03:16.

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    Default Re: Yuezhi from the frieze of Khaltchayan Reception Hall, north Bactria, 50BC-50AD

    Thanks to 'emilio' at RomanArmyTalk, here are some photos of surviving fragments:
    The seated ruler from Khaltchayan
    The Khaltchayan armour-bearer
    A Khaltchayan central-asian horse-archer
    The Khaltchayan Cataphract
    A head from Khalchayan

    It is handy to have the cyrilic for Khalchayan: Халчаян

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    Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
    Last edited by druzhina; 01-22-2018 at 03:17.

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