Amu Darya Treasure

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Amu Darya Treasure

 

a treasure of silver and gold objects dating from the fourth to second centuries B.C. It was found in 1877 on the territory of the present-day Tadzhik SSR (ancient Bactria) and is preserved in the British Museum. The treasure contains 1,300 coins (the latest dating from 200 B.C.), vessels, statuettes, bracelets, medallions, plaquettes, and magnificent gems. The articles in the Amu Darya treasure reflect the traditions of Achaemenid art, local Greco-Bactrian art, and the art of the so-called Scythian animal genre, which can be traced back to the nomadic world, including the Middle Asian steppes.

REFERENCE

Dalton, O. M. The Treasure of the Oxus, 3rd ed. London, 1964.

V. N. SARIANIDI

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This treasure received the name of Amu Darya Treasure or Oxus Treasure.