The British Museum and the Society for Arabian Studies plan to hold a specialist workshop on Softstone in Iran and Arabia on Wednesday 21st July 2004 in the Department of the Ancient Near East, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported on Thursday.
The purpose of this specialist workshop is to discuss evidence for the production, circulation, function and, where appropriate, iconography on carved softstone in Arabia and Iran from the Bronze Age through to more recent times.
The organizers are particularly concerned to hear speakers consider one or more of the following topics: the relationship of the material to adapting technologies, intended function, original visual appearance, and their relationship to objects of similar function made of other materials.
Key questions include: what objects are made of softstone at any one period? How frequent are they? Why was softstone preferred as a material at some periods and for certain functions? What functions did the objects have? Does the use of this material have implications for the relative importance of other crafts? What evidence is there for the places of primary production of softstone objects as opposed to their secondary reworking?
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