Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context

Studies in Honor of Irene J. Winter by her Students

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Through her published works and in the classroom, Irene J. Winter has served as a mentor for the latest generation of scholars of Mesopotamian visual culture. The various contributions to this volume in her honor represent a cross section of the state of scholarship today. Topics by the twenty authors include palatial and temple architecture, royal sculpture, gender in the ancient Near East, and interdisciplinary studies that range from the fourth millennium BCE to modern ethnography and cover Sumer, Assyria, Babylonia, Iran, Syria, Urartu, and the Levant. Reflections on Winter’s scholarship and teaching accompany her bibliography.
The volume will be useful for scholars who are curious about how visual culture is being used to study the ancient Near East.

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Marian H. Feldman, Ph.D. (1998) in History of Art, Harvard University, is Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an ‘International Style’ in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE.
Jack Cheng, Ph.D. (2001) in History of Art, Harvard University, writes for academic and popular audiences. One of his areas of research is music in Mesopotamia.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
Jack Cheng and Marian H. Feldman
A Personal Perspective on Irene Winter’s Scholarly Career
John M. Russell
Picturing the Past, Teaching the Future
Michelle I. Marcus
Bibliography for Irene J. Winter, 1967–2005
I. “Seat of Kingship/A Wonder to Behold”: Architectural Contexts
A Note on the Nahal Mishmar “Crowns”
Irit Ziffer
Upright Stones and Building Narratives: Formation of a Shared Architectural Practice in the Ancient Near East
Ömür Harmanšah
Blurring the Edges: A Reconsideration of the Treatment of Enemies in Ashurbanipal’s Reliefs
Stephanie Reed
II. “Idols of the King”: Ritual Contexts
Assyrian Royal Monuments on the Periphery: Ritual and the Making of Imperial Space
Ann Shafer
The Godlike Semblance of a King: The Case of Sennacherib’s Rock Reliefs
Tallay Ornan
Ceremony and Kingship at Carchemish
Elif Denel
The Temple and the King: Urartian Ritual Spaces and their Role in Royal Ideology
Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir
III. “Legitimization of Authority”: Ideological Contexts
Workmanship as Ideological Tool in the Monumental Hunt Reliefs of Assurbanipal
Jülide Aker
Darius I and the Heroes of Akkad: Affect and Agency in the Bisitun Relief
Marian H. Feldman
The Melammu as Divine Epiphany and Usurped Entity
Mehmet-Ali Ataç
IV. “Sex, Rhetoric and the Public Monument”: Gendered Contexts
Between Human and Divine: High Priestesses in Images from the Akkad to the Isin-Larsa Period
Claudia E. Suter
Shulgi-simti and the Representation of Women in Historical Sources
T. M. Sharlach
The Lead Inlays of Tukulti-Ninurta I: Pornography as Imperial Strategy
Julia Assante
V. “Opening the Eyes and Opening the Mouth”: Interdisciplinary Contexts
Barley as a Key Symbol in Early Mesopotamia
Andrew C. Cohen
Biblical mělîlot, Akkadian millatum, and Eating One’s Fill
Abraham Winitzer
Self-Portraits of Objects
Jack Cheng
From Mesopotamia to Modern Syria: Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives on Female Adornment during Rites of Passage
Amy Rebecca Gansell
The Ninety-Degree Rotation of the Cuneiform Script
Benjamin Studevent-Hickman
Those interested in art history, art theory, and art pedagogy, and those interested in the visual arts, cultural studies, architecture, archaeology, language, and ethnology of Mesopotamia and its surrounding areas.
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