This comprehensive catalog documents an exhibition, held this winter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, of 195 rarely loaned Susa masterpieces from the Louvre's Near Eastern antiquities collection. Settled about 200 B.C., Susa lay at the edge of the Iranian plateau, not far from the great centers of the Mesopotamian culture. During the several thousand years of its history, Susa absorbed diverse influences and underwent great political fluctuations. Introductory chapters on Susa, Iranian art, and the 19th-century French excavations are followed by item-by-item descriptions of objects ranging from prehistoric pottery to monumental sculpture, stelae, glazed brick friezes, intricate cylinder seals, and exquisite jewelry. Of broad appeal to archaeologists, art historians, and Near East specialists.-- Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, from November 1992 to March 1993, this fascinating volume presents more than 200 striking objects found at the ancient city of Susa (located at the edge of the Iranian plateau, not far from the great cities of Mesopotamia), produced over a period of 3,500 years and now a part of the Louvre's great collection of Near Eastern antiquities. Each work is illustrated and fully described. The volume also includes 11 essays by French and American scholars, as well as maps, a chronology, and a comprehensive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)