Les Sceaux De Kabnak (Haft Tappeh)

Author: Pierre Amiet
The Iranian World: Essays on Iranian Art and Archaeology Presented to Ezat O. Negahban, Edited by: Abbas Alizadeh, Yousef Majidzadeh, Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi, Iran University Press, Tehran, 1999

Abstract:
The few seals and hundreds of sealings and seal impressions on clay tablets found at Haft Tappeh constitute very important documentation on the glyptic art of Elam of the second half of the second millennium BC. Some impressions were made with earlier seals, i.e., Akkadian and particularly the period of Sukkamah, contemporary of the First Dynasty of Babylon. The most numerous seals date to the Elamite king Tepti-ahar. Fragmentary impressions allow the reconstruction of a number of seals. The most important is the seal of the king whose conception is the same as the seals of the elite. The best example is the seal of Great Governor Athibu of Kabnak. The very simple arrangement of figures are the same as on Kassite deals, but with originality specifically Elamite. Borrowed iconographic elements are few, suggesting that Elam was isolated during the “Transitional phase” from the Old Elamite to the Middle Elamite period; the only exception was the limited contact with the Mitannian empire.

Bibliography:
Amiet, Pierre, Les Sceaux De Kabnak (Haft Tappeh), The Iranian World: Essays on Iranian Art and Archaeology Presented to Ezat O. Negahban, Edited by Abbas Alizadeh, Yousef Majidzadeh, Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi, Iran University Press, Tehran, 1999, pp 101-113.

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