This article reconsiders the religio-ritualistic interpretations of the use of the rhyton within eighth-century CE Sogdiana. Through a close art-historical analysis, I argue that three eighth-century wall paintings from Panjikent illustrate a drinking game. This proposal expands the current breadth of meaning attributed to the imagery decorating Sogdian homes. Not only could the paintings illustrate epic narratives, religious veneration, or moral didacticism, but they could also celebrate conviviality, fun, and humor.
“A Sogdian Drinking Game at Panjikent,” Iranian Studies, volume 52, no. 5-6 (2019): 837-857.
“Fashion and the Feast,” The Friends of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, Spring Event, The Met, April 2018