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    DescriptionThe catalogue for the exciting exhibition at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Masters of Fire presents a comprehensive overview of the little-known yet extraordinary Chalcolithic culture, which existed in the southern Levant from 4500-3600 bce. Masters of Fire focuses on the people of the southern Levant who harnessed the power of metallurgy during the fourth millennium bce. Artisans produced extraordinary copper objects while other craftsmen molded pottery and stone into complex anthropomorphic burial containers, statuettes, and ritual objects. Taken together, these artifacts reveal the first stratified culture known in the ancient Near East. Highlights of the exhibition include a selection of material from the Nahal Mishmar hoard, an unprecedented collection of copper prestige and ritual objects, organic materials from the Cave of the Warrior, and an exceptional group of ritual figurines. Contributors include Thomas E. Levy, Daniel M. Master, Osnat Misch-Brandl, Yorke M. Rowan, Michael Sebbane, Dina Shalem, and Orit Shamir.

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    Masters of Fire
    Copper Age Art from Israel
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Michael Sebbane, Edited by Osnat Misch-brandl, Edited by Daniel M. Master
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 184
    Width: 226 mm
    Height: 297 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 1,293 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691162867
    ISBN 10: 0691162867

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBH
    BIC subject category V2: AGC
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15800
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREHIS
    LC classification: CC
    BISAC V2.8: ART015050
    BIC subject category V2: ACC, 1FBH
    BISAC region code:
    DC23: 708.95669
    Thema V1.0: AGC, AGA, QRA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FBH
    Thema style qualifier V1.0: 6PJ
    Illustrations note
    7 line illus.
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    08 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Author Information
    Michael Sebbane is chief curator of the National Treasures of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Osnat Misch-Brandl is a curator of Chalcolithic and Canaanite periods at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Daniel M. Master is professor of archaeology at Wheaton College and codirector of the Leon Levy Expedition at Ashkelon.
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    "This well-illustrated book provides an excellent introduction to the Chalcolithic period (4500-3600 BCE) of the southern Levant... Of special interest is the well-illustrated essay detailing the hoard of metal objects recovered from the cave of Nahal Mishmar and the techniques of their manufacture. This hoard consists of crowns and numerous elaborate mace-heads representing some of the earliest artifacts cast in molds by cire perdue processes in the ancient Near East."--Choice