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Author Herrmann, Georgina, author.

Title Ancient ivory : masterpieces of the Assyrian empire / Georgina Herrmann.

Published London Thames and Hudson, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  736.6209394 HERR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 208 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-204) and index.
Contents Preface: from discovery to destruction -- Introduction: masterpieces of ancient ivory -- The city of Nimrud and it's discovery -- Ah, Assyria! -- The Phoenicians: master craftsmen -- Syro-phoenician ivories -- The ivories of North Syria -- the influence of regionalism on furniture and the minor arts -- The age of Ivory.
Summary Ivory is a wonderful material: tactile, beautiful, workable into many different forms and the strongest in the animal kingdom. Unfortunately for the elephant, it has been highly prized from the Palaeolithic to the present day, in part by virtue of its rarity and the difficulty of acquiring it. During the early first millennium bc - the "Age of Ivory" - literally thousands of carved ivories found their way to the Assyrian capital city of Kalhu, or modern Nimrud, in northern Iraq. The majority were not made there, in the heart of ancient Assyria, but arrived as gift, tribute or booty gathered by the Assyrian kings from the small neighbouring states of the ancient Middle Eastern world. The ivories were first unearthed in the mid-19th century by renowned Victorian traveller and adventurer Austen Henry Layard, but it was not until the mid-20th century that the extent of the treasure was realized by Max Mallowan, the archaeologist husband of Agatha Christie. Thousands of extraordinary ivories have since been excavated from the ruins of the ancient city's extravagant palaces, temples and forts.
Subject Ivories.
Ivories, Assyro-Babylonian.
ISBN 0500051917
Standard Number YBP13224029