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Myth in Miniature: Word, Image, and the Cylinder Seal

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Thursday 17 November 2016, 12:20pm - 12:40pm
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Dr. Karen Sonik, Fellow, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Auburn University, will give a paper in Session 2A. Object, Text, and Image: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Seals, Sealing Practices, and Administration I, with the theme Iconography, Materiality, and Object Studies at the 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting, November 16–19, San Antonio, Texas.

Abstract
The mismatch between the mythological poetry and pictorial compositions of Mesopotamia, or at least the difficulty in correlating the two, was recognized already in 1934 when Henri Frankfort observed that “many of the scenes on [seal] cylinders are evidently renderings of myths, but great uncertainty prevails as to their interpretation.” A half-century later this difficulty remained unresolved, leading Donald Hansen (1987) to investigate the seeming “lack of fundamental relationship between what is written and what is represented.” Taking the mythological imagery of the cylinder seals as a case study, this paper takes up the topic of the written and the represented, and explores the nature of the relationship between the written and the pictorial myths of Mesopotamia.

Link: http://www.asor.org/am/2016/schedule.html

Location : San Antonio Ballroom A, La Cantera Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas
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