SOLD AS A GROUP: Five Parthian Pottery Vessels, a Turquoise Glazed Juglet, ancient Iran, 3rd - 1st Century BCE. With solid splayed foot, globular body with encircling under glaze grove on shoulder, cylindrical neck and handle. 6" high. Minor chips on lip and encrustations due to age, but in very good condition. Center Jug with handle Ex: Tarshish Gallery, Israel. Remaining four vessels Ex: Christie's New York. The Parthians largely adopted the art, architecture, religious beliefs, and royal insignia of their culturally heterogeneous empire, which encompassed Persian, Hellenistic, and regional cultures. For about the first half of its existence, the Arsacid court adopted elements of Greek culture, though it eventually saw a gradual revival of Iranian traditions. The Arsacid rulers were titled the "King of Kings", as a claim to be the heirs to the Achaemenid Empire; indeed, they accepted many local kings as vassals where the Achaemenids would have had centrally appointed, albeit largely autonomous, satraps. The court did appoint a small number of satraps, largely outside Iran, but these satrapies were smaller and less powerful than the Achaemenid potentates. With the expansion of Arsacid power, the seat of central government shifted from Nisa, Turkmenistan to Ctesiphon along the Tigris (south of modern Baghdad, Iraq), although several other sites also served as capitals.