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Art History Illustrated, Splendor and Sacrifice: The Art of Ancient Mesopotamian Royal Tombs

Thursday, April 18, 2024

5:30-7:00 pm

In the 1920s, over 1000 ancient Sumerian graves were found in Ur (Tell el-Muqayyar), in Southern Iraq. The royal tombs there were filled with gold and silver treasures, exquisite musical instruments, and a vast human sacrifice of attendants, who all died from drinking poison. Join art historian Brenda Edgar to study the fascinating burial beliefs and practices of Earth’s very first civilizations, and marvel at their dazzling grave goods. Other highlights will include the tombs of the queens of Assyria, found beneath the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, which contained about 10,000 pieces of jewelry and hundreds of priceless decorative objects.

Join us for our “Art History Illustrated” talk series, held the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. This monthly illustrated talk series is presented by art historian Brenda Edgar, in collaboration with The Floyd County Library Cultural Arts Center.

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