The NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World presents
Exhibition - A Wonder to Behold: The Power of Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate
Built by King Nebuchadnezzar II (r. 604-562 BCE), excavated by German archaeologists and partially re-created at the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin in the early 20th century, the Ishtar Gate and has become an icon of ancient architectural achievement. A Wonder to Behold approaches this well-known monument from a fresh perspective: featuring a process-oriented exploration of the gateway’s creation, this exhibition will focus on the role of craftspeople and the magic of materials in ancient Middle Eastern life.
November 6, 2019–May 24, 2020
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
15 East 84th Street
Free guided tour on Fridays at 6pm
Every Wednesday from 12:00-12:20pm, a brief gallery talk presented by one of the Exhibitions staff will feature a different object from A Wonder to Behold: The Power of Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate. Visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week and no registration is required.
A Wonder to Behold: The Power of Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate is made possible by generous support from the Selz Foundation, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, and the Leon Levy Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Dennis and Diane Bennett Charitable Trust, Elizabeth Bartman, and Karen S. Rubinson.
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