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Assyria to Iberia: Art and Culture in the Iron Age

Aruz, Joan and Michael Seymour eds.
376 pages
315 illustrations
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The exhibition "Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age" (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2014) offered a comprehensive overview of art and cultural exchange in an era of vast imperial and mercantile expansion. The twenty-seven essays in this volume are based on the symposium and lectures that took place in conjunction with the exhibition. Written by an international group of scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, they include reports of new archaeological discoveries, illuminating interpretations of material culture, and innovative investigations of literary, historical, and political aspects of the interactions that shaped art and culture in the in the early first millennium B.C. Taken together, these essays explore the cultural encounters of diverse populations interacting through trade, travel, and migration, as well as war and displacement, in the ancient world. Assyria to Iberia: Art and Culture in the Iron Age contributes significantly to our understanding of the epoch-making exchanges that spanned the Near East and the Mediterranean and exerted immense influence in the centuries that followed.

Pendants and beads, Gold, Babylonian
ca. 18th–17th century BCE
Bronze bowl, Bronze, Cypriot
8th century BCE
Terracotta female figure in three-legged chair, Terracotta, Helladic, Mycenaean
Helladic, Mycenaean
13th century BCE
Head of a female figure, Ivory, Assyrian
ca. 8th century BCE
Relief fragment: cavalrymen along a stream in mountainous terrain, Gypsum alabaster, Assyrian
ca. 704–681 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: commentary on Enuma Anu Enlil, tablet 5, Clay
ca. late 1st millennium BCE
Model tambourine with rosette border, Bastet on one side, her boat with naos on the other, Faience
ca. 1070–712 B.C.
Nude female figure holding a vase on her head, Faience
ca. 945–525 B.C.
Human-headed cat, Faience
ca. 945–525 B.C.
Nude female holding monkeys, Pale blue faience
ca. 945–525 B.C.
Woman with a lyre, Faience
ca. 945–525 B.C.
Bes-image Rattle, Faience
ca. 945–664 BC
Spanish or Italian
Monkey and Man Playing Instruments, Faience
ca. 945–525 B.C.
Furniture plaque carved in relief with lion-headed figure, Ivory, Assyrian
ca. 8th–7th century BCE
Fragment of a faience statuette of a woman holding a vase on her head, Faience, East Greek
East Greek
late 7th–6th century BCE
Figure of a man with an oryx, a monkey, and a leopard skin, Ivory, Assyrian
ca. 8th century BCE
Furniture plaque carved in high relief with two Egyptianizing figures flanking a volute tree, Ivory, Assyrian
ca. 9th–8th century BCE
Openwork furniture plaque with a "woman at the window", Ivory, Assyrian
ca. 8th century BCE
Horse frontlet carved in relief with a female figure flanked by lions, Ivory, Assyrian
ca. 9th–8th century BCE
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Aruz, Joan, and Michael J. Seymour. 2016. Assyria to Iberia: Art and Culture in the Iron Age. Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.