The Lives of Sumerian Sculpture: An Archaeology of the Early Dynastic Temple
Cambridge University Press, 8 ott 2012 - 278 pagine
This book examines the sculptures created during the Early Dynastic period (2900-2350 BC) of Sumer, a region corresponding to present-day southern Iraq. Featured almost exclusively in temple complexes, some 550 Early Dynastic stone statues of human figures carved in an abstract style have survived. Chronicling the intellectual history of ancient Near Eastern art history and archaeology at the intersection of sculpture and aesthetics, this book argues that the early modern reception of Sumer still influences ideas about these sculptures. Engaging also with the archaeology of the Early Dynastic temple, the book ultimately considers what a stone statue of a human figure has signified, both in modern times and in antiquity.
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MAKING THE BODY VISIBLE
ART HISTORY ETHNOGRAPHY AND BEAUTIFUL SCULPTURE
SANCTUARY SCULPTURE AND DISPLAY
THE EARLY DYNAsTIC LIFE OF SCULPTURE
THE AsMAR HoARD
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abstraction Abu Temple aesthetic Akkadian alan altar Apollo Belvedere archaeological Archaic Shrine art history Asmar hoard belted heroes clasped hands clay ﬁgurines context cult statue cultic cylinder seals dedicated dedicatory deﬁned deity Delougaz and Lloyd divine Diyala Diyala excavations Diyala region donor Dynastic temple sculpture Dynastic temple statues Early Dynastic period Early Dynastic ruler Early Dynastic sculpture Early Dynastic statues Early Dynastic temple Ebla Enlil ethnographic example female ﬁgures Figure ﬁgure with clasped ﬁnds ﬁndspot ﬁrst ﬂoor Frankfort 1939 Gudea gypsum human ﬁgure Ibid identiﬁed ideoplastic Imdugud Inana Temple inscribed inscriptions Iraq Ishtar Temple Khafajah Kish Lagash level VIIB male ﬁgure Mari Mesopotamian mudbrick Museum Ningirsu Nintu Nippur objects Oriental Institute reconstruction reﬂection representation ritual royal sanctuary sculp sculpture fragments sculpture styles Shara Temple signiﬁcance solid—footed goblets speciﬁc Square Temple suggested Sumer Sumerian language Sumerian sculpture Tell Asmar Temple G Ur III Uruk visual culture Winckelmann Woolley Zettler