Luristan, close to topic though not a direct hit: one for Anne B.

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 12, 2002 at 15:41:32:

I don't have all the books here that I need to get you ground zero for
beasty knotwork origins ...... However, found some nice stuff that's
very similar to Celtic/Viking material ... if
you can lay your hands on any book that has a good survey of Luristan
Bronze Age iron work, at about 1500 BCE - 800 BCE you'll see some very
familiar attenuated twirling knotty beasies. Luristan is in western

Found some
knotworky stuff thereabouts too, at about that era, and a delicious
triscele of Gryphon heads from 1st c BCE from the Steppes. Since
these were done as horse trappings, they TRAVELED, and the western
Asian Steppe dudes did some serious cruising! The book I'm looking at
is "Ancient Bronzes, Ceramics and Seals" from Ancient Near East and
Central Asia . So ....... western China, Steppes, Iran, Scythians,
...... could be where the attenuated beastie knotwork thing began,
then travelled on the trade routes to the west. They are in no way
monotheistic, and predate Islam by one or two thousand years.

The Luristani Twiny Beasies were from a part of the world where there
was henna (in Iran-Iraq, you can probably date henna back as far as
2700 BCE , to 1200 BCE for certain).


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