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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381720469710 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Ancient Art in Miniature: Near Eastern Seals from the Collection of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky by Holly Pittman. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover. Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1989). Pages: 80. Size: 9 x 6½ inches. Stamp and cylinder seals are a crucial source for the art, history, and religion of the ancient Near East. The rulers, gods, demons, and monsters that move in stately and seemingly dumb procession around the seals give us important insights into the real and magical worlds of the ancients. Cylinder and stamp seals were among the first objects to enter the Museum's collection from the Near East. In 1874 a large and interesting group was included in the Cesnola collection of ancient Cypriot art, and in 1886 cylinder and stamp seals from Mesopotamia—as well as more than three hundred cuneiform tablets—were acquired from William H. Ward. Through its participation in excavations and through gifts and purchases, the Museum has received since that time over a thousand stamp and cylinder seals from all periods and regions in the pre-Islamic Near East. This catalogue and the exhibition in the Museum's Recent Acquisitions gallery acknowledge the generous gift of more than two hundred and fifty seals from the Martin and Sarah Cherkasky collection of stamp and cylinder seals. It is an important gift—one that substantially strengthens and supplements the Museum's holdings. Additionally, the exhibition includes a number of objects from the permanent collection for comparative and illustrative purposes. CONDITION: NEW. New oversized softcover. Metropolitan Museum of Art (1989) 80 pages. Unblemished except for VERY faint (virtually imperceptible) shelf wear to the covers. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread (though of course it may have been flipped through once or twice while in the bookstore). Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton), where patrons are permitted to browse new books and so otherwise "new" books might show very minor signs of handling/browsing, simply as a consequence of being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #8339a. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Martin Cherkasky's fascination with the miniature art of ancient seal engraving was apparent from the moment we met him, more than a decade ago. Vaughn Crawford, Prue Harper, and I spent all afternoon with him, looking through an interesting group of cylinder and stamp seals that he had assembled. His collection continued to grow over the years, piece by piece. Each and every seal — not just the most elaborate and beautiful ones — was special. He perceived and reveled in the wonderful variety, and he was amused and delighted by our efforts to identify the unusual pieces. The idea for an exhibition developed with his decision to give most of his collection to the Metropolitan Museum; he wanted to share with others the pleasure he had derived from the seals. From the outset he was enthusiastic about our idea for displaying the seals together with other objects in the Museum's collection to illustrate themes and styles in the art of the ancient Near East. The unfamiliar imagery carved on seals often less than an inch in height makes their display particularly challenging, and a number of people have contributed their ideas and skills to this endeavor. Dr. Ayako Imai's preliminary research on the Cherkasky collection provided important information for the catalogue. Dr. Joan Aruz collaborated with me throughout this project, taking responsibility for the Syrian and first millennium sections and providing essential support throughout the planning of the exhibition. We are grateful to Dr. Ira Spar, who coordinated the translations of the inscriptions provided by Drs. Matthew Stolper, Wilfred Lambert, and Steve Kaufmann. We thank Dr. Edith Porada, who read the text of the catalogue, and Dr. Prudence O. Harper, Curator of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, who, as always, supported our efforts with indispensable scholarly, curatorial, and tactical advice. Nayla Ghandour and Suzanne Heim, both Hagop Kevorkian Fund Fellows to the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, assisted in the initial and final preparations, respectively, for the catalogue and the exhibition. Karen Molleson and Adela Oppenheim, Assistants in the department, did an endless variety of tasks that made it possible for us to meet both catalogue and exhibition deadlines. Photography is one of the most crucial elements in the success of this kind of exhibition and catalogue. Without the unflagging support of Barbara Bridgers, Manager of the Photograph Studio, or the photographic skills of Carmel Wilson we never could have considered such an approach. Jo Goldberg patiently inked the drawings prepared by Joan Aruz and myself. Our thanks as well to Cynthia Clark, editor, Matthew Pimm, production, and Peter Oldenburg, designer, who all worked diligently on the catalogue, and to Michael Batista, who designed the exhibition. REVIEW: Stamp and Cylinder seals are a crucial source for the art, history, and religion of the ancient Near East. The rulers, gods, demons, and monsters that move in stately and seemingly dumb procession around the seals give us important insights into the real and magical worlds of the ancients. Cylinder and stamp seals were among the first objects to enter the Museum's collection from the Near East. In 1874 a large and interesting group was included in the Cesnola collection of ancient Cypriot art, and in 1886 cylinder and stamp seals from Mesopotamia — as well as more than three hundred cuneiform tablets — were acquired from William H. Ward. Through its participation in excavations and through gifts and purchases, the Museum has received since that time over a thousand stamp and cylinder seals from all periods and regions in the pre-Islamic Near East. This catalogue and the exhibition in the Museum's Recent Acquisitions gallery acknowledge the generous gift of more than two hundred and fifty seals from the Martin and Sarah Cherkasky collection of stamp and cylinder seals. It is an important gift — one that substantially strengthens and supplements the Museum's holdings. Additionally, the exhibition includes a number of objects from the permanent collection for comparative and illustrative purposes. The exhibition of seals selected from the Cherkasky collection has been made possible by The Reliance Fund, which continues its support for the exhibition of the Museum's permanent collections. A generous grant from the Hagop Kevorkian Fund, combined with an additional gift from Martin and Sarah Cherkasky, has made possible the publication of this catalogue. REVIEW: Acknowledgments Holly Pittman. Director's Foreword Philippe de Montebello. Map and Chronology Introduction Holly Pittman. Village to State Holly Pittman. Kingship and the Gods Holly Pittman. Bactria in the Bronze Age Holly Pittman. Ancient Syria: Centers of International Exchange Joan Aruz. The Great Empires of the First Millennium B.C. Joan Aruz. Checklist. Transliterations and Translations of Seal Inscriptions Compiled by Ira Spar. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Exceptional reference, competent descriptions, good photography. A valuable reference for the professional or amateur enthusiast of ancient cylinder stamps and seals. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Fabulous reference to stamp and cylinder seals in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New Yotk). Lots of illustrations, well-researched text. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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