Azerbaijan Georgia Turkey Project

Silver Coin
This silver coin is believed to have been issued by the Parthian King Gotarzes I, who ruled the Parthian Empire from 95-90 BC. The Empire at its greatest extent included portions of Georgia, as well as most of what is today the Middle East. 

 

Deer Amulet
This bronze deer amulet reflects the relationship of Late Classical and Early Christian Georgian society with the natural world.

 

Carnelian Stone from Silver Ring
This carnelian stone from a silver ring found at Klde, Georgia, depicts three standing figures wearing long chitons or mantles folded at the waist with ribbons. The figure on the right might be Demeter, goddess of the seasons, while the central figure might be Nemesis, the spirit of divine retribution.

 

Wide-Bodied Jug

 

Ceramic Lamp
Extraordinary artistic ability and craftsmanship are evident in these fragments of a ceramic lamp found at a site in Klde, Georgia. It features a relief of Pegasus, the winged horse supposedly sired by Poseidon.

 

Terracotta Plaque
The friezes on this terracotta plaque from the Georgian site of Klde were carved rather than pressed. The style of the animals on both the upper and lower levels is characteristic of Persian reliefs.

 

Tri-Legged Vessel
Red clay table ware was frequently decorated and polished.  This object speaks to the grate variety of objects found at Klde.

 

Ceramic Mug

 

Fluted Jug
The pear-shaped design of this vessel is similar to those found in Azerbaijan.

 

Ring Set with Carnelian Stone
This ring set with a carnelian stone illustrates the continued use of carnelian for personal decoration, a practice that extended from the Bronze Age into the Middle Ages. 

 

Ring Set with Carnelian Stone
Another example of a carnelian stone ring. Of 11 rings found at the Klde burial site, two are Sassanian, eight are Roman, and one bears Christian symbols. 

 

Stone Altar Figurine
The clothing worn by the figure on this small altar found at the Klde site exhibits Parthian influences, including long sleeves and a wide knee-length skirt. The raised right hand suggests a gesture of adoration to gods and kings commonly found on Parthian rock reliefs.

 

Necklace
Necklaces made of multi-colored stone including semi-precious stones such as carnelian, almandine, agate, chalcedony, amber and jet.

 

Necklace
Another example a of multi-colored stone.

 

Tubular Bead
Beads of various lengths dating to the 6th to the 1st centuries BC were found among the graves.

 

Interactive Artifact Map

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