Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II: A Cultural Biography
Edited by Ada Cohen and Steven E. KangasPaper: $40.00
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|Paper Publication Date:||04/13/2010|
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This volume will reward the careful reader with a lively ongoing debate about the significance and meaning of the figures and motifs featured in these more "static" Assyrian reliefs. The New England reliefs, and the repeated sacred figures in general, have heretofore been neglected in favor of those illustrating active narratives such as hunts and warfare, and this volume helps to remedy this omission. The general reader will be rewarded with an interesting and up-to-date account of how Assyrian motifs have figured in the visual, historical, and religious life of the United States, from New England all the way to the Los Angeles malls.
--American Journal of Archaeology
Assyrian Reliefs is certain to find a place on the shelves of many libraries and even personal collections. Though we cannot all have first-hand access to Assyrian art, Assyrian Reliefs offers the next best thing-high quality images accompanied by thought-provoking interpretations.
ADA COHEN is Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Alexander Mosaic: Stories of Victory and Defeat and co-editor of, and contributor to, Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy. Her book titled Art in the Era of Alexander the Great: Paradigms of Manhood and Their Cultural Traditions is forthcoming. STEVEN E. KANGAS is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. He has been affiliated with a long-term excavation and research project at a prehistoric ritual and funerary site in northern Israel.