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    DescriptionDuring the 1928-29 season at Ur, in the Great Death Pit of the Royal Cemetery, C. Leonard Woolley discovered two spectacular musical instruments-a silver Boat-shaped Lyre and a magnificent lyre with the head of a bull made of gold sheet and a lapis lazuli beard. This book chronicles their history, conservation, and reconservation. While little was known about mid-third millennium Mesopotamian archaeology early last century, it was clear that the Sumerians had developed a vigorous trade in luxury goods, with an economy that necessitated a highly structured government whose leaders could command rich and elaborate graves that included a full panoply of musical instruments. In meticulous detail, using both traditional methods and new X-ray and electronic imaging investigative techniques, Maude de Schauensee probes and analyzes the construction of the two lyres held by the University Museum while providing an economic, historical, and sociological context in which to better understand them. She examines the decorative motifs along with the materials and the techniques of the builders of these instruments. The illustrations-10 pieces of line art, 25 photographs, 6 CAT-scans, 5 X-rays, and 24 color plates-supply additional details. This book presents new information and conservation descriptions for the first time. Musicologists, art historians, Near East scholars and archaeologists, and general readers will find this book's new analysis of the instruments of an ancient culture of significant interest.

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    Two Lyres from Ur
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    By (author) Maude de Schauensee
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 147
    Width: 149 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    ISBN 13: 9780924171888
    ISBN 10: 092417188X

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    BISAC V2.8: MUS023040
    LC classification: ML1015
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    LC classification: ML1015.L89 S34 2002
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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    25 color, 44 b/w illus.
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Imprint name
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Publication date
    01 October 2002
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    Author Information
    Maude de Schauensee, Associate Editor of the Hasanlu Publications Series and former Keeper of the Near Eastern Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, is the author of articles on bronze working at Hasanlu, horse trappings and Assyrian reliefs, and other northwestern Iranian topics.
    Table of contents
    Illustrations Foreword Preface Acknowledgments 1. The Two Lyres-From Excavation to Conservation 2. The Boat-shaped Lyre 3. The Lapis-bearded Lyre Appendices A. Boat-shaped Lyre Treatment B. Conservation of the Bull's Head for the Lapis-bearded Lyre Notes References Index