Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Connecting Dots to Make Mythical Symbols in Bactria


Bactrian Stone Two Sided Amulet Published by Archeologist

This stone amulet has an image on each side. It has been examined by Dr. Victor Sarianidi who directed the Russian excavations in the Bactria-Margiana Archeological Complex. In fact, Victor chose many Bactrian artifacts in our collection to publish in his work Myths of Bactria-Margiana on Its Seals and Amulets. His description and photo of this amulet are located on pages 228-29, figures 1207.1 and 1207.2. 

The amulet is notated on page 228, number 1207 as 
Amulet. Pink stone. 1.3 x 1.0 cm; h (meaning thickness) - 0.4 cm. A plant//Swastika

To my eye the stone is more like the color of old ivory, rather than pink. 

Your inquiry is invited.

Another example of a single sided seal rather than an amulet made of dots on stones that are cruciform when the eye discerns the pattern: 

Dr. Victor Sarianidi, a Russian field archeologist that excavated some of the ruins of settlements in the Bactria-Margiana Archeological Complex, sat at our dining table and laboriously examined our collected Bactrian items. He verified those that he chose to publish as the products of the ancient settlement of Bactria. That culture existed as a Central Asian oasis agricultural and trading settlement from about 2500 BC to about 1600 BC. 

This stone button seal is among those he chose to publish in his very hard to get book on the subject. Since my husband took the photos for him and I helped him with the English publication, Victor gave us a copy of the book. You may find a copy in some of the university libraries.

The seal is described and pictured in his book Myths of Ancient Bactria-Margiana on Its Seals and Amulets, pages 242-43, figure 1314. 

The notation by Dr. Sarianidi on page 242, No. 1314 reads thus: 
Button Seal. White Stone. D[iameter] - 1.1 cm; h [thickness] - 0.65 cm
Cross with dots in the field.

I invite your inquiry.

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