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Author Evans, Jean M., author.

Title The lives of Sumerian sculpture : an archaeology of the early dynastic temple / Jean M. Evans.

Publication Info. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 278 pages) : illustrations, map
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; THE LIVES OF SUMERIAN SCULPTURE; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; ILLUSTRATIONS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; A NOTE ON ANCIENT LANGUAGES; A NOTE ON UNPUBLISHED SOURCES FOR THIS STUDY; ONE SUMERIAN ORIGINS, 1850-1930: MAKING THE BODY VISIBLE; INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF SUMER, 1850-1930; PHILOLOGY AND THE SUMERIAN PROBLEM; VISUALIZING THE TERRAIN OF HUMAN TAXONOMY; BEAUTIFUL SKULLS: APOLLO BELVEDERE, CRANIOMETRY, AND THE RECONSTITUTION OF AN IDEAL; ARCHAEOLOGY, GUDEA, AND THE EXAMINATION OF MONUMENTS; "SUMERIAN" SKELETAL REMAINS; BIBLICAL, ETHNOGRAPHIC, AND CIVILIZED TIME IN SUMER.
Conclusion: sculpting the sumerian bodytwo art history, ethnography, and beautiful sculpture; introduction: the 1930s as a transitional period in the study of sumerian sculpture; henri frankfort, the oriental institute, and physical anthropology; sculpture, ornament, and the origins of art; sumer, "primitive" art, and modern art; conclusion: ideals of sculpture; three seeing the divine: sanctuary, sculpture, and display; introduction: the early dynastic temple as museum; constructing sculpture display in ishtar temple g; sculpture display in the diyala temples and the early dynastic altar.
Statues, access, and the divineconclusion: seeing as a cultural construction; four the early dynastic life of sculpture; introduction: approaching early dynastic sculpture; dedication in the early dynastic temple institution; materials and methods of manufacturing early dynastic sculpture; the subjects and objects of ritual in the life of sculpture; the death of sculpture?; conclusion: corporeal aesthetics and early dynastic temple sculpture; five becoming temple sculpture: the asmar hoard; introduction to the asmar hoard; locating the asmar hoard; actors, agency, and rituals of libation.
TRADITION, HEIRLOOMS, AND DIYALA SCULPTUREBECOMING HUMAN: STYLE, IDENTITY, AND THE ASMAR HOARD; CONCLUSION: MODELS FOR THE HUMAN DONOR IN TEMPLE SCULPTURE; SIX GENDER AND IDENTITY IN EARLY DYNASTIC TEMPLE STATUES; INTRODUCTION: THE DONOR AS A SOCIAL PERSONA; MALE DONORS, OCCUPATION, AND IDENTITY; FEMALE DONORS: GENDER, BANQUETING, AND CULTIC PRACTICES; DEPOSITIONAL PATTERNS AT NIPPUR; FEMALE DONORS AND THE INANA TEMPLE; CONCLUSION: COLLECTIVE IDENTITY AND EARLY DYNASTIC SCULPTURE; CONCLUSION: MATERIALITY, ABSTRACTION, AND EARLY DYNASTIC SCULPTURE; NOTES; Introduction.
Chapter One. Sumerian Origins, 1850-1930: Making the Body VisibleChapter Two. Art History, Ethnography, and Beautiful Sculpture; Chapter Three. Seeing the Divine: Sanctuary, Sculpture, and Display; Chapter Four. The Early Dynastic Life of Sculpture; Chapter Five. Becoming Temple Sculpture: The Asmar Hoard; Chapter Six. Gender and Identity in Early Dynastic Temple Statues; Conclusion: Materiality, Abstraction, and Early Dynastic Sculpture; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.
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Subject Sculpture, Sumerian.
Figure sculpture -- Iraq -- Sumer.
Temples -- Iraq -- Sumer.
Archaeology and art.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Evans, Jean M. Lives of Sumerian sculpture. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012 9781107017399 (DLC) 2011050310 (OCoLC)817967059
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