The Balawat Gates of Ashurnasirpal II

The Balawat Gates of Ashurnasirpal II

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Edited by J.E. Curtis, Edited by Nigel Tallis

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  • Publisher: BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 302mm x 24mm | 1,479g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 071411166X
  • ISBN 13: 9780714111667
  • Illustrations note: 5 colour, 95 black and white & 72 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 1,134,168

Product description

This 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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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.