Christina’s Object Proposal

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Item #143: “Stone bed, Anjia Tomb”
From An Qie’s

[Anjia/An Jia] epitaph’s, we know that he held the position of sabao. Looking at the inscriptions, depictions, and objects found in his tomb may give more insight into the position of sabao. At the very least, An Qie serves as an example of a sabao. While there seems to be many non-English sources on An Qie’s tomb, there is a decent amount available in English, including Hansen’s The Silk Road: A New History. Grenet also mentions An Qie’s tomb. Lerner also mentions An Qie in her article.

Item #144: “Tomb of Shi Jun (Wirkak) (b.484) and his wife”
Like An Qie, we know the Wirkak [Shi Jun] served as a sabao. Not only will Wirkak’s tomb serve as another example of a someone who served as a sabao, but his tomb also depicts the Zoroastrian paradise “House of the Song of Praise.” Hansen discusses Wirkak’s tomb at the same time she discusses An Qie’s. Grenet’s article focus much more on the imagery of Wirkak’s tomb. As with An Qie’s tomb, Lerner discusses Wirkak’s tomb as well.

Item #208: “Barbarian Imitation of a Tetradrachma of the Greco-Bactrian King Euthydemus”
I think looking at an imitation of a coin from another place would help with discussing the interaction between different people and places as the makers of the imitation would have to have encountered the real coin at someone point to get the idea for the imitation. Naymark’s article “Seleucid Coinage of Samarqand” only briefly mentions an imitation coin of Euthydemus like this one. However, the article will be useful for considering imitations of coins in Samarkand in general as well.

Item #287: “Tetradrachma of Alexander the Great”
While this coin was not minted in Sogdian, in his article “Seleucid Coinage of Samarqand?,” Naymark notes that one of these coins is among those found in Samarkand and the surrounding area. This coins shows interaction with other people outside of Sogdiana. Using the coin of depicting Alexander the Great helps put the Sogdians into context with history and people that the audience is more likely to be familiar with.

Item #49: “Blue Hall- Rustam Cycle”
Part of the Blue Hall- Rustam Cycle paintings at Pendjikent appear to show depictions of a musician with a harp. Marshak’s book Legends, Tales and Fables in the Art of Sogdiana has some brief mentions of imagery of musicians in the Pendjikent painting, including the Rustam Cycle which could be useful to see the context of music in Sogdian life.

Item #393: “Statuettes of Musicians”
I think these statuettes will be useful in identifying the types of instruments played. With further research I hope that they may even give clues to context of music making as well. The meta data includes a large description and source that would be a good starting point for my research.


Grenet, Frantz. “Religious Diversity among Sogdian Merchants in Sixth-century China: Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Manichaeism, and Hinduism.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 27 (2007): 461-476.

Hansen, Valerie. The Silk Road: A New History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Lerner, Judith A. “Zoroastrian Funerary Beliefs and Practices Known from the Sino-Sogdian Tombs in China,” The Silk Road 9 (2011): 18-25.

Marshak, Boris. Legends, Tales and Fables in the Art of Sogdiana. New York: Bibliotheca Press, 2002.

Naymark, Aleksandr. “Seleucid Coinage of Samarqand?” Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society 221 (2014): 1-6.

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