The industry of vitreous materials in Elam

Authored by: Noëmi Daucé

The Elamite World

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  January  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138999893
eBook ISBN: 9781315658032
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In the introduction to his seminal work, Pierre Amiet in 1966 highlighted “the fundamental originality” of Elam (Amiet 1966: 24), an entity whose chronological and geographical boundaries were still to be detailed. At that time, Elamite civilization was primarily documented through excavations conducted at Susa, Choga Zanbil and Haft Tepe, supplemented by Elamite and Mesopotamian cuneiform sources. This originality results firstly from its unique alliance of complementary territories, the Susiana Plain on one side and the mountainous hinterland of Iran’s southwest on the other, and secondly from its material culture which, although regularly subject to the influence of its Mesopotamian neighbours, outlines the contours of a consistent cultural community. The industry of glass materials, which expanded in the second half of the second millennium BC and was nourished by Syro-Mesopotamian innovations while adapting to new media and new functions, certainly epitomizes one of the superior facets of Elamite culture.

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