The Morgan Library & Museum
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New York, NY 10016
A number of Near Eastern seals from the collection belonging to Pierpont Morgan will be part of an ongoing exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. The various seals, which date from 3500 B.C. to 330 B.C., will be displayed with an ancient Near Eastern statue in order to demonstrate the relationship between the seals and other artwork from the region.
The themed exhibit will follow the progress of the iconography of power represented by the seals throughout Mesopotamia, from the emergence of their existence in the fourth millennium B.C. through the first millennium B.C., when Mesopotamia became part of the Persian Empire.
Some of the items that will be on display include the “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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