Format: Paperback, 96pp.
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Pub. Date: October 1998
Edition Description: 2nd Revision
Description from The Reader's Catalog
Wall reliefs and three-dimensional sculpture
From the Publisher
For almost three centuries, until 612 BC, the small kingdom of Assyria dominated
the Middle East, its empire at one point extending from Iran to Egypt. The story
of those years - the triumphs of the Assyrian kings in war and peace, their
exploits in the hunting field, and the gods who watched over them - were
recorded in stone on the walls of a succession of royal palaces. These
sculptures, offering eye-witness views of a long-lost civilization, were not
rediscovered until the nineteenth century. The finest collection, transported
with great difficulty to Europe, is now preserved at the British Museum. This
book describes how the sculptures were found and what they meant to those who
created them. It is both a richly illustrated history of Assyrian sculpture in
general and a guide to the outstanding collections of the British Museum.
From the book
Table of Contents
1 The discovery of Assyria 6
2 The sculptures in their setting 18
3 Ashurnasirpal at Nimrud 34
4 The Assyrian court 42
5 The palace of Sennacherib 50
6 Biblical history in Assyrian sculpture 62 7 The hunts of Ashurbanipal 72
8 Ashurbanipal at war 80
Kings of Assyria 92
Further reading 93
Key to illustrations 94
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