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    DescriptionThis 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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    Title
    The Lives of Sumerian Sculpture
    Subtitle
    An Archaeology of the Early Dynastic Temple
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean M. Evans
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 287
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 257 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107017399
    ISBN 10: 1107017394
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: AFKB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: HDDA
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15840
    Libri: I-AT
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 52
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, ART026000, ART015060
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAM
    BIC subject category V2: 3B
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 732.5, 732/.5
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAM
    DC23: 935.501
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    LC classification: NB80 .E93 2012
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    BISAC region code: 2.1.8.0.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/ARTAS
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    71 b/w illus. 1 map
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    31 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Jean M. Evans is a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the American Academic Research Institute of Iraq and the Warburg Institute of the University of London. She was the co-organizer of the international exhibition Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C. and co-editor of its corresponding publication.
    Review quote
    "Well written, with copious footnotes and bibliography, this is an interesting art, historical, and anthropological approach to Sumerian sculpture" -E. H. Cline, Choice
    Table of contents
    1. Sumerian origins, 1850-1930: making the body visible; 2. Art history, ethnography, and beautiful sculpture; 3. Seeing the divine: sanctuary, sculpture, and display; 4. The Early Dynastic life of sculpture; 5. Becoming temple sculpture: the Asmar hoard; 6. Gender and identity in Early Dynastic temple statues; Conclusion: materiality, abstraction, and Early Dynastic sculpture.