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of Ancient Figurines and a Statue of Female Musician in Daqyanous
06 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations in Jiroft led to
the discovery of some figurines of men and women and the statue of a torso of an
musician woman in the ancient public bathroom of Daqyanous city.
believe that the existence of these figurines indicate the continuation of
pre-Islamic art during the Seljuk era.
The city of Daqyanous, located north of the city of Jiroft in Kerman province is
the only city dating back to prehistoric times which was registered as a
national heritage some 70 years ago. Considering its 40-kilometer area, this
city is considered one of the biggest Post-Sasanid cities, although its central
part is only 12 kilometers.
“Studying the dress styles depicted on these figurines will result in
identifying the dress code of the people in Daqyanous city during the ancient
times. The cloths of the men and women are very similar, consisting of trousers
and coats. There is also some very beautiful ornamentation on their hats,
head-gears and their trousers,” said Hamideh Choobak, head of archaeological
excavation team in Daqyanous city.
Considering the discovery of the statue of a torso of an musician woman in
Daqyanous historical site, she explained: “Discovery of this statuette
indicates the continuation of the Parthian and Sasanid dynastic art during the
Seljuk era since some figurines belonging to the Elamite period have also been
discovered. Later during the Parthian and Sasanid era it was common to carve
images of musician women on silver dishes. Therefore, with the discovery of
these figurines we can see the influence of pre-Islamic Iranian art on that of
the Seljuk period and that how they were used in the decorations of the
buildings during the Seljuk era.”
Jiroft, in southeast of Iran is one of the most ancient centers of Iranian
civilization comprised of archaic sites dating back to the third millennium BC
up to the post-Sasanid era. There are many historical sites in this area such as
the city of Daqyanous near Halil Rud River.
Daqyanous historical city was one of the key areas in Iran through which Iran
traded with eastern countries of the region. A lot of ceramic kilns and ancient
layers of the prehistoric era up to the post-Sasanid period can be found there.
Some dishes engraved with images such as dragons, eagles, animals, temples, and
idols and beads that change colour when in contact with water have been
discovered in Daqyanous historical site. Marco Polo, the alleged famous Italian
explorer, has described Daqyanous historical city as a magnificent city in his
Some archaeological excavations have been done by the Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Organization of Iran in this historical site but only 2,000 square
meters of it have been excavated so far. Archaeologists believe that more than a
century is needed to complete the studies there. Fortunately some invaluable
artifacts were seized during the illegal excavations by the smugglers. The
latest season of excavations has been started since 17th of March and will run
to 30th of April to extract more information from this historic site.
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