Profusely illustrated - excellent photograpjy of a series of artifacts, archaeological sites in Iraq, and art , sculpture and all elements associated with this fascinating civilization.
many black and color photos, maps, index, bibliography. Original edition. Preface by André Malraux. In red calico cloth covers, wit htitles in gilt to frontcovers and spine. Some scuffing externally to the cloth, esp to back, and a bumped bacl spine. The first ( standalone) volume in the multi volume Universe of Forms series, exploring art and civilization.
From the end of the 4th millennium, in the low plain of the Tigris and the Euphrates, the first urban civilization appeared - Sumer. It would extend to the entire region between rivers - Mesopotamia - whose cities show in the third and second millennia, an extraordinary creative power. artworks such as the Standard of Ur, stele of Hammurabi, cylinder seals representing Gilgamesh, ceramics of Samarra, portraits of Sargon, statues of Gudea, paintings of the palace of Mari, vases of Uruk, ziggurates of Ur and Aqarquf. were a new and impressive artistic creation for humanity. ,thuis book examines thhis artwork, how teh Sumerians portrayed their gods and religious universe, and the palatial and everyday worlds of the inhabitants of the cities of the Two Rivers.
this is a large and heavy book - it weighs over 2.1kg unpacked.
CONTENTS ENTIRELY IN FRENCH.