The Maikop Treasure
A. M. Leskov
304 pages | 7 x 10 | 316 color illus., 4 maps
Cloth 2008 | ISBN 978-1-934536-04-9 | $75.00s | £49.00 | Add to cart
Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
"Magisterial!"—Michael Vickers, Ashmolean Museum
"Fascinating and important."—TLS
"Leskov's Maikop Treasure is not just a beautifully compiled catalogue of a significant group of items from various periods offering a study of Northern Caucasian art but also the successful attempt of an experienced scientist to compile in a few pages the history and context of a culture little known so far to international scholarship. . . . . It offers to the public a unique collection of an extraordinary culture."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review
The Maikop Treasure consists of more than 300 objects ranging in date from the Bronze Age through the Medieval period, currently held in four institutions—the Staatliche Museen, the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Berlin, the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Originally assembled in the 1890s by a wealthy employee of Tsar Nicholas II, these objects have no single provenance but were dug from various sites in the general region of the eastern Pontic.
Publication was supported by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
A. M. Leskov, former head of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Art at the Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow, is a Research Associate in the Mediterranean Section of the Penn Museum and a Research Associate in the Program for the Archaeology of Ukraine, University of Pennsylvania.