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October 2016

The Birds and the Beasts in Early Mesopotamian Art

October 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join art history professor Sarah Scott for this Faculty Forum presentation: From the earliest evidence of human settlement through to the middle of the 3rd millennium BCE, the function of seal imagery in Mesopotamia changed dramatically, while the images themselves maintain a surprising consistency. The earliest seal images were designed to express a relationship between humans and the natural world around them, while later seal imagery was intended to communicate information essential to the early city-state economy. In this presentation, Sarah will chart this process of image change, highlighting a few examples ofglyptic art as well as monumental objects of sculpture and accounting artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia. Objects from the early Neolithic site of Gobekli Tepe and Catal Hoyuk in Turkey, and third millennium BC sites of Ur and Fara will be discussed.

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