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Nissa. Throne Room with quadralobe column.
2nd c Iranian (Persian) Parthian Architecture

PARTHIAN Anonymous (247 BCE - 224 CE)
c. 100-200
2nd c
Nissa. Turkmenistan.
The throne room was two stories; 11 to 13 meters high and 20 meters on a side. Pliny reports that they used felt rugs. Nine statues were found here each two and one half meters high. They were built of unbaked clay on a wooden armature. The first version of the building used wood columns on stone bases but a second c BCE version used fired brick. There is some disagreement about the reconstruction. The Russian Pugechenko gives the hall a central oculus as seen here but others give it a three-domed top.

Caption: ctas5290 | PARTHIAN Anonymous | Nissa. Throne Room with quadralobe column. | c. 100-200 | Central Asian | Parthian | ┬ęKathleen Cohen
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