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- DescriptionBetween the ninth and seventh centuries BC, the small kingdom of Assyria in rthern Iraq expanded to dominate the region from Egypt to Iran. The power of the Assyrian kings was reflected in a series of magnificent palaces in which the walls of principal rooms and courtyards were lined with huge panels of alabaster carved with images of the monarch as priest, victorious warrior, and hunter. These sculptures constitute some of the most impressive witnesses of the ancient Middle East, and this book serves as a superb visual introduction to what are undoubtedly some of the greatest carvings from the ancient world. The book showcases a series of specially taken photographs of the British Museum's unrivaled collection of Assyrian sculptures. The images capture the majesty of the Assyrian king, as well as his magnificent court and its protecting divinities. An introduction sets the sculptures in their cultural and art historical context. A brief history of Assyria and the royal palaces is followed by an overview of the subject matter and meaning of the sculptures together with a discussion of their relationship with the artistic traditions of ancient Iraq and the wider region. There is also an exploration of the sculptures as the earliest examples of complex narrative art that developed from summary or symbolic scenes of royal achievements into images with multilayered meanings that occupied entire rooms and captured the raw emotion and energy of animals and humans with remarkable vitality.
- Author BiographyPAUL COLLINS is curator of Later Mesopotamian antiquities at the British Museum in London. For five years, he was Assistant Curator in the Department of Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is the author of numerous publications on ancient Mesopotamia.
- Author(s)Paul Collins
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2009
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note140 color plates
- Weight1106 g
- Width254 mm
- Height262 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Photographs byLisa Baylis,Sandra Marshall
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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