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Ur comes to Kentucky!

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  • Trudy Kawami
    A remarkable exhibition has just opened in what is, for the ANE, an unusual place - the International Museum of the Horse, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 9, 2010
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      A remarkable exhibition has just opened in what is, for the ANE, an
      unusual place - the International Museum of the Horse, Kentucky Horse
      Park, Lexington, KY. Called A Gift From the Desert: the Art, History and
      Culture of the Arabian Horse, it is far more than an account of a
      beautiful horse. The exhibition starts in the third mill. BCE in
      Mesopotamia with the Standard of Ur, yes, THAT Standard from the British
      Museum, and includes Pu-Abi's silver & electrum terret ring, the gold
      headband from PG 135 at Ur, and the Khafaje scarlet ware jar with
      donkeys(?) pulling a wagon. In addition there is a full-size (as far as
      can be determined) replica of one of the Ur battle wagons. Add to this
      Kikkuli Tablet IV from Hattusa and a Middle Assyrian horse text from
      Assur, as well as a gorgeous Middle Assyrian cylinder seal with a winged
      horse defending its foal from a lion, Urartian metalwork and some
      sculptural fragments from Khorsabad and Nineveh. There is Egyptian
      material from the New Kingdom, pre-Islamic material from the Arabian
      Peninsula, Islamic metalwork including an astrolabe made by Abd al-Karim
      al-Misri that has to be seen, ceramics, textiles and even T. E.
      Lawrence's sandals!

      Lexington KY is far closer than London for most of us in the US and the
      generous loans from the British Museum, among other institutions, make
      the trip invaluable. It will remain until mid-October.



      Trudy S. Kawami, Ph.D.

      Director of Research

      Arthur M. Sackler Foundation

      461 East 57th Street

      New York, NY 10022

      www.arthurmsacklerfdn.org





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