By P. R. S. Moorey
This can be the 1st systematic try and survey intimately the archaeological proof for the crafts and craftsmanship of the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians in historical Mesopotamia (c. 8000-300 BC). P.R.S. Moorey reports in short the textual proof, and is going directly to study intimately a variety of crafts and fabrics: stones, either universal and decorative, animal items, ceramics, glazed fabrics and glass, metals, and development fabrics. With a complete bibliography, this generously illustrated quantity can be a key paintings of reference for archaeologists and people drawn to the early historical past of crafts and know-how, in addition to for experts within the old close to East.
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Tomb 3/: One unique double bowl of Mosul Marble ('only stone vessel found in a tomb where a common, local variety was employed in manufacture'); one small ointment jar of oolitic limestone; one small alabaster ointment jar; one exceptionally nne handled bowl of highly polished translucent dark green serpentine. Tobler 195''' 93, pI. lS-17, 19 (= Lilla). LEVEL VIII LEVEL VIII Tomb 45: n: (thoroughly robbed in antiquity); small alabastcr pot; fragment of translucent green serpentine bowl (pI. IS); two fragments of a large four-lugged jar of variegated greyand-white marble (pI.
The same type of stone, in this case identified as ophioliteclinochlorite, was used for an unprovenanced cup, now in Glasgow, carved with an elaborate animal support in high relief (Peltenburg 1991: no. 16). The special character of the repertory of stone vessels at Uruk is particularly evident in those where colour contrasts and inlaid polychrome designs accentuate the impression of ingenuity and display for their own sakes. Some of these vessels are composite with body, neck, and spout made separately, sometimes in stones of con~ trasting colours and textures.
XXXI). Then for half a millennium published information is sparse; but, where it is found, there is evidence for finer craftsmanship, more elaborate forms, and the first appearance of the miniature vessels popular later, as at Tell Aswad on the Balikh (ef. Cauvin, J. 1972: 87, figs. 4, 9, ll: 'albiltre ou marbre'). A single large stone dish at Abdul Hosein is among the earliest recorded from a grave, in this case intramural (Pullar 1979: (55). ) open up the subject in a way not possible yet with the published material from earlier sites.
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