Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur

9780924171543: Hardback
Release Date: 29th January 1998

9780924171550: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1998

165 color, 52 b/w illus.

Dimensions: 216 x 279

Number of Pages: 220

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur

Hardback / £65.00
Paperback / £43.00

This stunning catalogue includes color photographs of more than 230 objects, excavated in the 1930s by renowned British archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley, from the third-millennium-B.C. Sumerian city of Ur. Learn the fascinating story of the excavation and preservation of these magnificent artifacts.

Many of the objects are published in color and fully described for the first time—jewelry of gold and semiprecious stones, engraved seal stones, spectacular gold and lapis lazuli statuettes and musical instruments; and vessels of gold, silver, and alabaster. Curator Richard Zettler sets the stage with a history of Ur in the third millennium and the details of the actual excavations. Art historians Donald Hansen and Holly Pittman discuss the historical importance and significance of the many motifs on the most spectacular finds from the tombs.