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    DescriptionUr-Nammu was king of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (southern Iraq) around 2000 B.C. In 1925 a joint expedition from the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the British Museum discovered dozens of fragments of a monument in honor of Ur-Nammu. Because such works have rarely survived, the stela became one of the most famous examples of Near Eastern art, a status it retains today. The stela had been ten feet high with registers in relief of scenes of religious practices on both front and back. By 1927 the best pieces had been restored in Philadelphia into an imagined version of the stela, with plaster filling the gaps. But more than twice as many small or worn pieces were omitted from the restoration and dutifully stored in boxes at the Museum. Jeanny Vorys Canby realized that the early reconstruction had been too hasty, and her meticulous, painstaking reexamination reveals a wealth of new scenes that revise our understanding of the monument. This book includes the justification of the reconstructions, description of the scenes, speculation on the ancient fate of the stela, as well as a description of each piece with photograph and drawing. These vigorous, innovative scenes contradict the long-held view from the old reconstruction that the monument was dull and repetitive. In fact, it is fresh and vibrant, with dynamic scenes peopled by beautifully sculpted actors. Entirely new evidence is presented here in scientific detail, including appendices from Steven Tinney, of the Museum's Babylonian Section, and Tamsen Fuller, conservationist. The book's conclusions will be of major significance to historians, archaeologists, art historians, biblical scholars, and anthropologists working in the ancient Near East and to scholars concerned with institutions of kinship, religion, and everyday life.


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    Title
    The "Ur-nammu" Stela
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeanny Vorys Canby
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 213 mm
    Height: 277 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781931707893
    ISBN 10: 1931707898
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    Abridged Dewey: 935
    DC22: 935
    DC21: 935
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS69.5 .C34 2006
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Publisher
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Imprint name
    University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
    Publication date
    30 September 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Philadelphia
    Author Information
    Jeanny Vorys Canby is Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.