Ur comes to Kentucky!
- 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.
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
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