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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Ashurbanipal, P.T. Barnum, Royal Eunuchs, and Fat-tailed Sheep: The Surprising Journey of a Fragmentary Sculpture from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Arizona State Museum

neoassyrian relief

March 29, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. (Virtual)

The Arizona State Museum – the premier museum devoted to the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest and northern Mexico – seems a very unlikely home for a fragment of a Neo-Assyrian relief panel from King Ashurbanipal’s 7th century B.C.E. North Palace at Nineveh in ancient Mesopotamia.

Intrigued? Delve in with Dr. Irene Bald Romano – curator of Mediterranean archaeology, professor of art history and anthropology, and affiliated faculty in the department of religious studies and classics – and ASM conservation laboratory manager Gina Watkinson in this presentation co-sponsored by the UAMA.

The presenters will unravel the fragment’s complex and fascinating story, which entails fat-tailed sheep, royal eunuchs, 19th-century explorers in the Ottoman-controlled region of today’s northern Iraq, missionaries in the Middle East, Universalism, The British Museum, and Tufts College – to name a few.

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