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    DescriptionThis important volume publishes in full for the first time two sets of highly elaborate Neo-Assyrian bronze gate decorations from the site of Balawat (ancient Imgur-Enlil) in northern Iraq. One set, discovered by Hormuzd Rassam on a British Museum expedition in 1878, is now on permanent display in London. The other set, found by Sir Max Mallowan in 1956, was on display in the Mosul Museum in Iraq after conservation and mounting at the British Museum. The Mosul gates were largely looted and lost following the invasion of Iraq in 2003.This book includes an account of their loss and provides the only complete record of their appearance and excavation. The Balawat gates were made in the reign of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC). The figurative scenes on the 32 bands of chased and embossed bronze, sometimes supported by cuneiform inscriptions, provide a wealth of historical and art-historical information. All this material is now made publicly available in the form of a final excavation report and catalogue.

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    The Balawat Gates of Ashurnasirpal II
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by J.E. Curtis, Edited by Nigel Tallis
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 284
    Width: 210 mm
    Height: 297 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 1,474 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714111667
    ISBN 10: 071411166X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 52
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAM
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    LC classification: DS70.5.B35 B35 2008
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    Illustrations note
    5 colour, 95 black and white & 72 line drawings
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    Publication date
    30 November 2008
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    Author Information
    John Curtis is Keeper of the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum. He has written extensively on Iran, Mesopotamia (Iraq) and the Ancient Near East. Nigel Tallis is a curator in the same department and specialises in ancient transport and warfare. They previously co-edited Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia.
    Table of contents
    Foreword; List of illustrations; Introduction; The Excavations at Balawat; The Gates from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II; The Gates of Ashurnasirpal II from the Temple of Mamu; Comparison of the two pairs of Ashurnasirpal II Gates; The Evidence for Bronze Gate Overlay in Mesopotamia; Appendices; Bibliography.