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Idiophones of the Ancient Near East


In the Collections of the British Museum


This book is a catalogue of the idiophones acquired by the Department of the Near East of the British Museum since the mid-nineteenth century. It includes clay rattles principally from Ur, dating from the third millennium BC; shell clappers; copper and bronze clappers and cymbals from Nimrud and from other prestigious locations and a remarkable collection of bronze bells mainly from Nimrud, unearthed by Layard around 1850. The book gives an accurate description of the objects along with former references and a comprehensive bibliography.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-956-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Apr 5,2011
Interior Color: Color
Trim Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Page Count: 123
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-956-4
$119.00

This book is a catalogue of the idiophones acquired by the Department of the Near East of the British Museum since the mid-nineteenth century. It includes clay rattles principally from Ur, dating from the third millennium BC; shell clappers; copper and bronze clappers and cymbals from Nimrud and from other prestigious locations and a remarkable collection of bronze bells mainly from Nimrud, unearthed by Layard around 1850. The book gives an accurate description of the objects along with former references and a comprehensive bibliography.

This book is a catalogue of the idiophones acquired by the Department of the Near East of the British Museum since the mid-nineteenth century. It includes clay rattles principally from Ur, dating from the third millennium BC; shell clappers; copper and bronze clappers and cymbals from Nimrud and from other prestigious locations and a remarkable collection of bronze bells mainly from Nimrud, unearthed by Layard around 1850. The book gives an accurate description of the objects along with former references and a comprehensive bibliography.

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Richard Dumbrill

  • Preface (page 5)
  • Note on the Numbering of Objects (page 7)
  • Principal Table of Contents (page 8)
  • I - Clay Rattles (page 9)
    • Table of Contents (page 10)
    • Pie-crust rattles (page 11)
    • Zoomorphic rattles (page 15)
    • Fructiform rattles (page 21)
    • Appendix to Clay Rattles (page 23)
    • General Catalogue of Clay Rattles (page 26)
  • II - Sell Clappers (page 31)
    • Table of Contents (page 32)
    • Appendix to Shell Clappers (page 41)
    • General Catalogue of Shell Clappers (page 42)
  • III - Brass Cymbals and Clappers (page 45)
    • Table of Contents (page 46)
    • General Catalogue of Bass Cymbals and Clappers (page 52)
  • IV - Bronze Bells (page 55)
    • Table of Contents by provenance (page 56)
    • Table of contents by number (page 57)
    • Bells from Nimrud (page 58)
    • Other sites (page 84)
    • Appendix to Bronze Bells (page 92)
    • Typology (page 95)
    • Selected drawings (page 96)
    • General Catalogue of Bells (page 99)
  • List of Figures (page 8)
  • Bibliography (page 8)
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