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Muscarella, Oscar White, "Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art"

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Muscarella, Oscar White, "Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art"

Muscarella, Oscar White, "Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art"
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1988 | ISBN: 0870995251 | English | PDF | 501 pages | 94.79 Mb

This volume catalogues for the first time more than six hundred bronze and iron objects in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each is illustrated and described and then discussed in terms of its formal and stylistic aspects, cultural background, function, and chronology. Bibliographic citations present comparative material relevant to each object. A distinctive feature of this catalogue is its organization. Within the geographical sections the excavated objects appear first, separated from the unexcavated material that is stylistically attributed to the same area. Extensive cross-referencing within the catalogue entries relates objects that arc formally similar, as well as those that are geographically or culturally associated. The objects presented here have been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum over the last century through the Museum's participation in archaeological excavations, by exchange with other institutions, and by purchase or gift.

The geographical areas they represent include much of the ancient Near Eastern world: Iran, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Syria, Palestine, and Arabia. By studying the objects and the commentary offered in this catalogue, the reader may explore ancient cultures and the problems confronting modern archaeology and scholarship.
Foreword by Philippe de Montebello
Introduction
I. Iran

Northwest Iran, Excavated Objects

The Hasanlu Project
Hasanlu (Nos. 1–140)
Dinkha Tepe (Nos. 141, 142)
Sé Girdan (Nos. 143, 144)

Northwest Iran, General Objects (Nos. 145–172)

Northeast Iran, Excavated Objects

Yarim Tepe, Tepe Hissar, Shahr-i-Qumis
YarimTepe (Nos. 173–175)
TepeHissar (No. 176)
Shahr-i-Qumis (Nos. 177–190)

Luristan

The Luristan Bronzes
Surkh Dum, Excavated Objects (Nos. 191–214)
Animal Finials, Master-of-Animals Standards, and Decorated Tubes
Finials, Standards, and Tubes (Nos. 215–249)
Horse Cheekpieces
Cheekpieces and Horse-Harness Trappings (Nos. 250–263)
Other Cast Objects (Nos. 264–307)
Sheet Metal (Nos. 308–316)

Tepe Nush-i Jan, Excavated Objects

Tepe Nush-i Jan
Objects (Nos. 317–320)

Achaemenian Objects

Pasargadae and Persepolis
Excavated Objects (Nos. 321–324)
General Achaemenian Objects (Nos. 325–330)

Elamite, General Iranian, and Parthian and Sasanian Objects

Elamite, General Iranian, and Parthian and Sasanian Artifacts
Elamite Objects (Nos. 331–336)
General Iranian Objects (Nos. 337–418)
Parthian and Sasanian Objects (Nos. 419–432)

II. Mesopotamia

Excavated Objects

Nippur (Nos. 433–443)
Nimrud (Nos. 444–462)
Balawat (No. 463)

General Objects (Nos. 464–475)

III. South Arabia

General Objects (Nos. 476–478)

IV. Levant

Excavated Objects

Tawilan
Objects (Nos. 479–485)

General Objects (Nos. 486–492)

North Syria (No. 493)

V. Near East

General Objects (Nos. 494–526)

VI. Anatolia

Early Bronze Age Anatolia
Objects (Nos. 527–565)
General Anatolian Objects (Nos. 566–569)
Phrygians and Urartians: Iron Age Anatolia
Phrygia (Nos. 570–574)
Urartu (Nos. 575–579)

VII. Caucasus

General Objects (Nos. 580–593)

VIII. Miscellaneous Objects (Nos. 594–609)

Concordance of Accession and Catalogue Numbers
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

List of Maps

Northwest Iran
Caspian area, northeast Iran
Luristan
Iran
Syria and Mesopotamia
Anatolia
Urartu


Oscar White Muscarella, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is both an archaeologist and an art historian. He has participated in archaeological excavations in the United States, at Mesa Verde, Colorado, and Swan Creek, South Dakota; in Turkey at Gordion; and in Iran at Hasanlu, Dinkha Tepe, Agrab Tepe, Se Girdan, and Nush-i Jan. In his dedication to scholarship in archaeology and in Near Eastern antiquities, Dr. Muscarella has written many articles and book reviews and has published four books on those subjects: Phrygian Fibulae from Gordion (1967); Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, editor (1974); The Catalogue of Ivories from Hasanlu, Iran (1980); and Ladders to Heaven, editor (1981).


Muscarella, Oscar White, "Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art"