Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth

Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections

Trudy S. Kawami and John Olbrantz

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  • Published: October 2013
  • Subject Listing: Asian American Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 160 pp., 156 illus., 124 in color, 8.50 x 11 in.
  • Distributed for: Hallie Ford Museum
  • Contents

Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections encompasses the geographic regions of Mesopotamia, Syria and the Levant, and Anatolia and Iran, and explores several broad themes found in the art of the ancient Near East: gods and goddesses, men and women, and both real and supernatural animals. These art objects reveal a wealth of information about the people and cultures that produced them: their mythology, religious beliefs, concept of kingship, social structure, and daily life.
Trudy Kawami is director of research at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in New York. John Olbrantz is the Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Civilizations in the Sand: Archaeologists, Collectors, and the American Discovery of the Ancient Near East

Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections
-The Divine Realm
-The Human Realm
-The Animal Realm

Selected Bibliography
Photo Credits

"[Breath of heaven] begins with a general discussion of the emerging archaeologists and collectors of the ancient Near East. . .Part 2 of this book documents, through individual catalogue entries, each of the 64 objects illustrated in color plates. A bibliography, chronology, and map supplement the text in this beautiful volume."