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Samarkand, the Center of the World

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© Courtesy of Asian Art Museum
Samarkand, the Center of the World

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
May 10th, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Lecture
WEBSITE:  
http://www.asianart.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Union Square/Civic Center
EMAIL:  
members@asianart.org
PHONE:  
415.581.3500
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
COST:  
$15 for Society for Asian Art members, $20 for non-members

DESCRIPTION
Join Dr. Matteo Compareti for a lecture on Sogdian paintings and Sasanian art. The present-day city of Samarkand is the site of the ancient city of Afrasiab, a capital of the Sogdian kings in the 7th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of its most important remains is a palatial hall with four walls decorated with wall paintings. First excavated in 1965 during the Soviet era, the imagery on these murals depicts Chinese, Turks, Indians and Koreans together with the native Sogdians. The murals also depict performance of rituals during the summer solstice.
 
Dr. Matteo Compareti graduated from the University of Venice, where he researched the Silk Road for his dissertation. He later researched Sogdian paintings and Sasanian art, focusing on representations of Zoroastrian deities. He is presently a visiting research scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. He has published several studies on pre-Islamic Persia and Central Asia in English, French and Italian.
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