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Noah's Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia
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Starting May 26, 2017
225 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016
212-685-0008
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Animal representations in the sculptural arts of the ancient Near East are remarkable for their evocative expressive power. Beautiful and durable, these artworks have withstood the millennia and preserve the record of humanity, its concerns and beliefs, for all subsequent generations. Often combining great attention to naturalistic detail with elements of stylization, the ancient sculptures--made in both stone and metal, some even with silver and inlays of shell and lapis lazuli--have a strong visual appeal; yet they also lend insight on the sacred, profane, sacrificial, and practical realities of the early Sumerian agrarian society, which is popularly known as the cradle of Western civilization. This exhibition presents Mesopotamian sculptural works from ca. 3300-2250 B.C., bringing together for the first time pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Babylonian Collection, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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