OIMP 26.

OIMP 26. Daily Life Ornamented: The Medieval Persian City of Rayy.

By Tanya Treptow, with the collaboration of Donald Whitcomb

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Daily Life Ornamented: The Medieval Persian City of Rayy shows how archaeologists work with sherds at the same time that it portrays aspects of life along the Silk Road during the ninth–fourteenth centuries. It must be said that although the catalogue is based largely on sherds, they are not only interesting as documents of medieval Islamic civilization, but they are also among the most beautiful sherds in the collections of the Oriental Institute. This catalogue, published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, also represents an opportunity to re-examine the pioneering work of Erich Schmidt, who excavated the ancient site of Rayy during the mid-1930s.

  • Oriental Institute Museum Publications 26
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2007
  • Pp. 64 + 8 b&w + 54 color illustrations + 3 maps
  • Softbound, sewn signatures
  • $24.95