Master Bronzes: Selected from Museums and Collections in America; February, 1937, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

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BRONZES OF THE NEAR EAST
1. FOUR HEADED GOD WITH ONE FOOT ON A RAM. Sumerian, 3000-2250 B.C.

PROVENANCE: Found at Khafaje by it native, before the Oriental Institute took over the site.

NOTE: Height, 6 inches. "The depiction of a four headed god is quite extraordinary and I know of no exact parallels in the ancient world." (cf. John A. Wilson, Director, The Oriental Institute.)

LOANED BY THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

2. FOUR HEADED GODDESS, seated. Sumerian, 3000-2250 B.C.

PROVENACE: Found at Khafaje by a native before the Oriental Institute took over the site.

NOTE: Height, 5 inches. The goddess holds in her hands a cup overflowing with water, which is a symbol of irrigation and fertility.

LOANED BY THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

3. UR-NAMMU, KING OF UR. Babylonian, c. 2300 B.C.

PROVENANACE: Found at Nippur, temple of the god Enlil, 1905.

PUBLISHED: Johns, C.H.W., UR-ENGER: A BRONZE OF THE FOURTH MILLENIUM IN THE LIBRARY OF J. PIERPONT MORGAN, 1908; Van Buren, E. Douglas, FOUNDATION FIGURINES, Berlin, 1931, p. 21 and Pl.

NOTE: Height, 13 3/8 inches. Bronze commemorative statuette of a basket-bearer, with cuneiform inscription which reads "Ur-Nammu, King of Ur, King of Sumer and of Akkad, who rebuilt the temple of Enlil". Ur-Nammu was the first prince of this dynasty, which ruled southern Babylonia for 108 years.

LOANED BY J. PIERPONT MORGAN, ESQ., NEW YORK CITY.

4. SEATED LION. Late Hittite, 2000-1200 B.C.

PROVENANCE: Found near Giarrantana in Sicily.

PUBLISHED: dell 'Agli, A., RICERCHE STORICHE SU GIARRNATANA, Pl. II.

NOTE: Height, 3 inches. Tail broken off. M.F.A. 01.7469.

LOANED BY THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

5. FIGURE OF A WOMAN, sitting. Luristan (Persia), 6th-4th century B.C.

PROVENANCE: Luristan.

NOTE: Height, 7 inches. Green patina. She holds a funeral bowl on her head. Probably used for funeral ceremony.

LOANED BY MRS. CHRISTIAN R. HOLMES, NEW YORK CITY.

6. ARCHAIC ANIMAL, torch holder. Achaemenid period, Persia, 6th-4th century B.C.

NOTE: Total height, 22 1/2 inches; length, 8 1/2 inches.

LOANED BY THE HONORABLE AND MRS. ROBERT WOODS BLISS, WASHINGTON, D.C.

7. CROUCHING IBEX. Achaemenid period, Persia, 6th-4th century, B.C.

PUBLISHED: CATALOGUE. Or THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF PERSIAN ART, London, 1931, 3rd edition, No. 10P.

NOTE: Lengh, 3 15/16 inches.

LOANED FROM THE ACKERMAN-POPE COLLECTION, NEW YORK CITY.

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