Jan 10th 2019

The quarries supplied the stone, the king and court amassed the resources for transport, scholars produced the design, craftsmen supplied the carving skills, and Assyria … well, Assyria provided the history and mythology encapsulated in the reliefs. Carved from a type of white gypsum locally available in northern Iraq and painted in bold colors, Assyrian reliefs lined the lower section of walls in the more public rooms and courtyards of royal palaces and temples, emanating the power and prestige of the king and empire. Join Kiersten Neumann, PhD (curator, research associate, Oriental Institute), to deconstruct the life history of Assyrian palace reliefs, from their creation, installation, and cultural context in antiquity through to modern times, as monuments subjected to vandalism and continued threats.

Free, no registration required.

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