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Sidney Babcock: Monumental Miniatures: Cylinder seals of Ancient Mesopotamia, ca 3300-500 B.C.

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Mesopotamia, Middle Assyrian period ca. 1300-1200 B.C.
Milky Chalcedony, 30 x 10 mm.
Morgan Seal 601

Cylinder seals from ancient Mesopotamia are among the smallest objects made by sculptors.  About the size of a modern spool of thread, they are carved in the negative so that their designs would leave an impression on clay.  The scenes are filled with mythology, daily life, royal images and animal designs among others.  On the whole, they represent the largest body of visual information to survive from Mesopotamia.

Sidney Babcock is the Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Curator and Department Head of Ancient Near Eastern Seals and Tablets at the Morgan Library and Museum. He has been at the Morgan for 26 years. Sidney is a world renowned specialist in the ancient seals of Mesopotamia.  He considers it the great privilege of his professional career to be responsible for interpreting the Morgan’s collection of ancient Mesopotamian seals for the general public. He is the second curator of seals at the Morgan following the legendary Edith Porada with whom he studied at Columbia University. He has collaborated on exhibitions of ancient seals in both Europe and America and written extensively for those exhibitions.  His most recent exhibition at the Morgan was, “Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia, ca. 3300-2250 B.C” in summer of 2017.  The New Yorker called Noah’s Beasts, “breathtaking.”

Sidney Babcock will present some of the seals in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum.  The lecture, “Monumental Miniatures: Cylinder seals of Ancient Mesopotamia, ca 3300-500 B.C.”  This lecture will replace the lecture originally scheduled about women in Mesopotamia.  That lecture was to be given in conjunction with Sidney’s exhibition, “She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3300-2000 B.C.” The exhibition had to be postponed due to the international travel restrictions in place this last August.  The exhibition is now scheduled for Oct. 15th 2022.  Sidney will give a lecture about the exhibition at that time.

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