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Title: The iconography of pre-Islamic women in Iran
Author(s): DAEMS, Aurelie
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 36    Date: 2001   
Pages: 1-150
DOI: 10.2143/IA.36.0.105

Abstract :
The purpose of this paper is to summarise the known media and themes in which women were depicted in Iran from prehistory to the Sasanian period. It is by no means complete and surely will need further completion, critiques and research, as excavations and publications regularly produce new evidence. Although several scholars have written important papers on aspects of female iconography in Iran, a full chronological report on this topic is still lacking. However, scholars and students seeking new evidence in this paper will be disappointed since our aim is to assemble and review all that is known and to add some personal reflections where appropriate. As the available information has been distilled to a summary, it is impossible to describe and discuss all artefacts known. We shall therefore illustrate this study with typical items and give more detailed bibliographical information about additional pieces in footnotes.

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