Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia

Head of a Lion, Mesopotamia, Sumerian, Ur, Dromos of Queen Puabi’s Tomb, Early Dynastic IIIa, ca. 2550–2400 B.C., silver, lapis lazuli, and shell. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia B17064.
Date: July 14, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm  to  2:00 pm

Exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York:

Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia

May 26 through August 27, 2017
http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/noahs-beasts

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. Cylinder seals relating to each of the sculptures are also presented, including a remarkable seal from the Morgan’s collection showing animals acting as human.

Through a focused consideration of these Near Eastern artworks, the rare objects emphasize the importance of the elements of the natural world that the ancients experienced and, by extension, the interdependence of the natural and the spiritual world. Inspiring the exhibition, the Morgan’s famous 1646 B.C. clay tablet will also be on view; it is inscribed with the “The Deluge Story”—an early version of the familiar tale of Noah.

Gallery Talk Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia Friday, July 14, 1 pm

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail tickets@themorgan.org for information.

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