Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals

Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Ave

Pierpont Morgan took great interest in ancient Near Eastern seals, as is evident from his collection, dating 3500–330 B.C. This exhibition displays a number of the best examples of these objects, which are among the earliest known pictorial carvings ... more

Pierpont Morgan took great interest in ancient Near Eastern seals, as is evident from his collection, dating 3500–330 B.C. This exhibition displays a number of the best examples of these objects, which are among the earliest known pictorial carvings used to communicate ideas. Created for about three thousand years in the region the ancient Greeks called Mesopotamia, or "the land between two rivers," the function of seals was both practical, as a means of identification, and amuletic, intended to protect or benefit the owner in some way. They are among the smallest pictorial objects ever produced—often just one inch in size—intricately detailed by sculptors who carved them with simple tools in semiprecious stones. This is the first time that the Morgan's collection of seals will be the focus of a theme-based exhibition—examining the development of the iconography of power as represented in the cylinder seals from their beginnings in the late fourth millennium B.C. with the emerging temple states through to the great empires of the first millennium B.C. The exhibition will end with the absorption of Mesopotamia into the Persian Empire, along with its ancient iconography, which was... more

Pierpont Morgan took great interest in ancient Near Eastern seals, as is evident from his collection, dating 3500–330 B.C. This exhibition displays a number of the best examples of these objects, which are among the earliest known pictorial carvings used to communicate ideas. Created for about three thousand years in the region the ancient Greeks called Mesopotamia, or "the land between two rivers," the function of seals was both practical, as a means of identification, and amuletic, intended to protect or benefit the owner in some way. They are among the smallest pictorial objects ever produced—often just one inch in size—intricately detailed by sculptors who carved them with simple tools in semiprecious stones.

This is the first time that the Morgan's collection of seals will be the focus of a theme-based exhibition—examining the development of the iconography of power as represented in the cylinder seals from their beginnings in the late fourth millennium B.C. with the emerging temple states through to the great empires of the first millennium B.C. The exhibition will end with the absorption of Mesopotamia into the Persian Empire, along with its ancient iconography, which was subsequently used by the Achaemenid kings until the arrival of Alexander the Great.

In addition to the cylinder seals, a larger-scale statue from the ancient Near East is on view to demonstrate the close relationship between seals and other major artworks. Highlights of the works on view include Nude Bearded Hero Wrestling with Water Buffalo; Bull-Man Fighting Lion (ca. 2334–2154 B.C.), an Akkadian period seal depicting two heraldic pairs and emphasizing the concepts of force and power, and A Winged Hero Pursuing Two Ostriches (ca. 12th–11th century B.C.), one of the most striking of the Morgan's Middle Assyrian seals.


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Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals

Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/21/2019 10:30 AM
Tue, May 21
10:30AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/22/2019 10:30 AM
Wed, May 22
10:30AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/23/2019 10:30 AM
Thu, May 23
10:30AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/24/2019 10:30 AM
Fri, May 24
10:30AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/25/2019 10:00 AM
Sat, May 25
10:00AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/26/2019 11:00 AM
Sun, May 26
11:00AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/28/2019 10:30 AM
Tue, May 28
10:30AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/29/2019 10:30 AM
Wed, May 29
10:30AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Masterworks from the Morgan Near Eastern Seals
05/30/2019 10:30 AM
Thu, May 30
10:30AM
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Occurs 59 more times through Aug 07

Morgan Library and Museum

225 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-0008

Schedule

May 21, Tuesday 10:30AM
May 22, Wednesday 10:30AM
May 23, Thursday 10:30AM
May 24, Friday 10:30AM
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