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Title: The Assyrian Sacred Tree: A History of Interpretations
Author: Giovino, Mariana
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783525530283
Volumes: 1; Pages: 306 + illus
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The so-called Assyrian sacred tree is the most discussed motif in the historiography of Assyrian art. It is familiar from the reliefs in the throneroom of AssNimrud, but it has a family of close relatives that appear in a variety of other media. To date, no contemporary text has been found that mentions this �tree�, and, as a result, scholars have not yet arrived at a consensus on its iconography. Nevertheless, great efforts have been made to decipher the symbol, ever since A.H. Layard recovered the Nimrud reliefs in the mid-nineteenth century. This book traces the intricate history of the iconographic debate, from 1849 to the present.