The Royal City of Susa: Ancient Near Eastern Treasures in the Louvre

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992 - Art - 316 pages
Altogether, the exhibition presents more than two hundred objects found at Susa, produced over a period of about 3500 years. They come from all periods of the site's settlement, from it earliest history to its adornment as a major city of the opulent Achaemenid Persian empire. Eighteen French and American scholars have contributed essays to this volume on subjects that include the history of art in ancient Iran from prehistoric settlement through the Achaemenid period; the history of the excavations at Susa; the development of writing; seals and sealings; royal and religious structures at Susa; objects brought from Mesopotamia; brick decoration; popular art; and cuneiform texts. Recent results of ongoing research into the archaeology of Susa are discussed. Analyses of specific techniques are included as well as reports on the conservation of objects. Each work in the exhibition is illustrated and fully described, with references to relevant publications.

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This comprehensive catalog documents an exhibition, held this winter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, of 195 rarely loaned Susa masterpieces from the Louvre's Near Eastern antiquities collection ... Read full review

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