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    DescriptionBetween the ninth and seventh centuries BC, the small kingdom of Assyria in northern 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.


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    Title
    Assyrian Palace Sculptures
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Collins, By (photographer) Lisa Baylis, By (photographer) Sandra Marshall
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 262 mm
    Height: 262 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 1,111 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292721692
    ISBN 10: 0292721692
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    Abridged Dewey: 709
    LC classification: N
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: AFKB
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 52
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    BISAC V2.8: ART026000
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060, ART047000
    B&T Approval Code: A02302000
    DC22: 732.5
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 732.5
    BISAC region code: 2.1.8.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: AGA, AFK
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    For those not able to study the reliefs in the British Museum this book comes as near as any book can to conveying their majesty and exquisite content.--Erika D. Johnson, University of Birmingham"Bryn Mawr Classical Review" (06/23/2010)