This book examines the cultural heritage of Inner Eurasia (Central Asia) through the arts, from prehistoric times to the ancient and medieval golden ages. The manuscript features extensive analysis of multiple Inner Eurasian cultural groups, their artistic traditions, and the development thereof throughout the region’s history.
Ardi Kia is co-founder and co-director of the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Program at The University of Montana.
Chapter 1: Paleolithic and Mesolithic Artifacts of Inner Eurasia: Petroglyphs, Paintings, Drawings, and Etchings
Chapter 2: Inner Eurasian Pottery Art
Chapter 3:Prehistoric and Early Ancient Inner Eurasian Art of Figurines, Statues and Sculptures
Chapter 4:Eurasian Cimmerian and Sarmatian Metal Arts
Chapter 5: Northern Cultures of Eurasia: Scythian/Saka Arts
Chapter 6:Early Migrations and Art Schools
Chapter 7:Iron Age Median Empire and its Art
Chapter 8:Iron Age: Achaemenid Empire Arts
Chapter 9:Satrapy of Khwarazmia: Cultures and Arts
Chapter 10:Satrapy of Parthia & Parthian Empire Arts
Chapter 11:Inner Eurasian Art Schools of the East
Chapter 12:Sassanid Empire Arts
Chapter 13:Satrapy of Sogdia and its Art Schools
Chapter 14:Artistic Traditions of Middle Ages: Ceramics, Metal Works, Jewelry, Wood Working, Suzani and Rug Making
This is a critical work that extends twenty-first century scholarship of Central Asia broadly, and also integrates for the first time a macro-analysis of historical archaeology, art history, and an appreciation of the cultural pluralism, accomplishments, and significance of Inner Eurasian civilizations, too long ignored.