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Lives of Sumerian Sculpture: An Archaeology of the Early Dynastic Temple (Jean M Evans) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2012) 9781107017399
Lives of Sumerian Sculpture: An Archaeology of the Early Dynastic Temple (Jean M Evans) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2012) 9781107017399
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Title: The Lives of Sumerian Sculpture: An Archaeology of the Early Dynastic Temple

Author: Evans, Jean M

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2012

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781107017399

Volumes: 1; Pages: 322

List Price in Cloth: $99.00 Our price: $88.99

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This 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.Table of Contents1. Sumerian origins, 1850?1930: making the body visible2. Art history, ethnography, and beautiful sculpture3. Seeing the divine: sanctuary, sculpture, and display4. The Early Dynastic life of sculpture5. Becoming temple sculpture: the Asmar hoard6. Gender and identity in Early Dynastic temple statuesConclusion: materiality, abstraction, and Early Dynastic sculpture
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