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Title: Two Glass Medallions
Subtitle: Sasanian Influence in Early Islamic Aqaba
Author(s): WHITCOMB, Donald
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 30 Date: 1995
Modern excavations attempt to examine broad cultural processes through patterns of artifact change and distribution. Such an approach to Islamic archaeology has come slowly, mainly from the 1970’s. As useful as these results have been (insofar as they have been published), it remains somewhat surprising how interpretations may be strongly influenced by the chance coin or rare artifact. The following paper will present two minor artifacts, attempt to show their stylistic derivation from Sasanian art, and discuss the implications which may be drawn for the early development of Islamic culture.