Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context

Studies in Honor of Irene J. Winter by her Students


Editors: Jack Cheng and Marian Feldman
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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Biographical Note

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

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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