The Iconography of Pristine Statehood
Painted pottery and seal impressions from Susa, southwestern Iran
paperback, 324 pp., 1. edition
published: april 2006
recommended price: 355 czk
The history origins and development of government and state as an institution is an essential questionconcerning not only the history of Mesopotamia but the development of the human community and society in general. Petr Charvát's work concentrates on the period 3500–2500 B. C. in Susa (southwestern Iran) and south Mesopotamia and is based on the interpretation of symbols on painted pottery and seal impressions. The publication is accompanied by a catalogue of 134 documentary b/w drawings and a list of locations of the findings.