On Art in the Ancient Near East Volume I

Of the First Millennium BCE


This volume of collected essays brings together for the first time the range of Winter’s pioneering studies related to Neo-Assyrian relief sculpture and seals, Phoenician and Syrian ivory and bronze production, and inter-polity connections across the various cultures of first millennium B.C.E. from the Aegean to Iran. Consistent threads are an emphasis on the potential for art historical analysis to yield ‘history’ in the broadest sense; the importance of making the theoretical frame of interpretation explicit; and the necessity of textual evidence being brought to bear upon elements of formal analysis and archaeological context.

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Biographical Note

IRENE J. WINTER, Ph.D. (1973), Columbia University, New York, is William Dorr Boardman Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University. Her first degree was in Anthropology (Barnard College); her MA in Near Eastern Studies (University of Chicago), her PhD in Art History and Archaeology. Not surprisingly, her extensive publications have tended to be inter-disciplinary in nature.

Table of contents

Chapter One: Royal Rhetoric and the Development of Historical Narrative
in Neo-Assyrian Reliefs
Chapter Two: Art in Empire: The Royal Image and the Visual Dimensions of Assyrian Ideology
Chapter Three: Le Palais imaginaire: Scale and Meaning in
the Iconography of Neo-Assyrian Cylinder Seals
Chapter Four: Ornament and the “Rhetoric of Abundance” in Assyria

Chapter Five: Phoenician and North Syrian Ivory Carving
in Historical Context: Questions of Style and Distribution
Chapter Six: Carved Ivory Furniture Panels from Nimrud:
A Coherent Subgroup of the North Syrian Style
Chapter Seven; Is There a South Syrian Style of Ivory
Carving in the Early First Millennium b.c.?
Chapter Eight: North Syria as a Bronzeworking Centre in
the Early First Millennium b.c.: Luxury Commodities
at Home and Abroad
Chapter Nine: North Syrian Ivories and Tell Halaf Reliefs:
The Impact of Luxury Goods upon “Major” Arts
Chapter Ten: Establishing Group Boundaries: Toward
Methodological Refinement in the Determination of
Sets as a Prior Condition to the Analysis of Cultural
Contact and/or Innovation in First Millennium b.c.e.
Ivory Carving

Chapter Eleven: Perspective on the “Local Style” of Hasanlu IVB: A Study in Receptivity
Chapter Twelve: On the Problems of Karatepe: The Reliefs and Their Context
Chapter Thirteen: Art as Evidence for Interaction:
Relations between the Assyrian Empire and North Syria
Chapter Fourteen: Carchemish ša kišad puratti
Chapter Fifteen: Homer’s Phoenicians: History, Ethnography, or Literary Trope? [A Perspective on Early Orientalism]