A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate

  • through May 24, 2020
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York
This exhibition explores ancient ideas about craftsmanship and the power of clay, glass and stone through the display of the surviving fragments of Babylon's iconic Ishtar Gate and Processional Way.  Featuring close to 150 brightly colored large and small scale artworks from across the ancient Near East, together with raw materials in a variety of stages of workmanship, the exhibition considers the creation of sacred spaces and objects, including monuments, divine statues, items of personal adornment and more. Representing the culmination of centuries of religious thought, technological discoveries and artistic innovations from across the ancient Near East, Babylon's Ishtar Gate, commissioned by Nebuchadnezzar II in the sixth century BCE, testifies to the transformative powers of materials and making.

Art Dubai Modern 2020
Art Dubai Modern 2020
March 25, 2020 through March 28, 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reconstructed panel of bricks with a striding lion. Neo-Babylonian Period (reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, ca. 604–562 BCE), molded and glazed baked clay, Processional Way, El-Kasr Mound, Babylon (modern Hillah), Iraq. 99.7 centimeters x 230.5 centimeters.

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