TREASURES FROM THE ROYAL TOMBS OF UR


TREASURES FROM THE ROYAL TOMBS OF UR

RICHARD ZETTLER & LEE HORNE    Book Number: 91743    Product format: Hardback

The Royal Cemetery of Ur was excavated by Leonard Woolley in the 1920s, and this exhibition catalogue of 173 artefacts is based on his finds, accompanied by scholarly essays on the art of the Sumerians in the mid-third millennium BC. This stunning catalogue includes colour photographs of more than 230 objects from the third-millennium-B.C. Sumerian city of Ur. Many of the objects are published in colour and fully described for the first time. The artefacts of the royal cemetery are best seen as functional art, ranging from vessels for food and drink to adornment for the body or embellishment for tableware, furniture and musical instruments. Kingship took a dual form: first the ruler's role as warrior, the mighty male and protector of his city-state, and secondly his role as priest and mediator between man and gods, the one responsible for the fecundity of the land. The richness of the apparel worn for passing into the underworld is overwhelming, reminiscent of descriptions in The Epic of Gilgamesh. One of the most famous funerary objects is the "Ram Caught in a Thicket", with the animal standing upright supported by a flowering plant. An exquisitely wrought gold bull amulet, originally part of a necklace, is probably from the first Early Dynastic period, as shown by its distinctive beard. Cylinders used to seal documentation are unique to the ancient civilizations of the near east, and apart from their administrative role they were valued as objects, often deposited in temples as supplications to deities. Jewellery in the collection includes the extraordinary gold headdress of Queen Puabi, her beaded cape of gemstones, and hundreds of beautiful strings of beads from the "Great Death Pit". The numerous metal bowls vary in quality with intended use, stoneware is simple and beautiful, shell vessels were evidently highly prized, and the many implements preserved in the hoard include tweezers suspended from a ring together with a stiletto, jewelry of gold and semiprecious stones, engraved seal stones, spectacular gold and lapis lazuli statuettes and musical instruments; and vessels of gold, silver, and alabaster. An elegant book that does justice to its ancient subjects. 195pp, thick paper, colour photos on almost every page.
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ISBN 9780924171543
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