Collecting the Past: Pierpont Morgan and Ancient Mesopotamia

Sidney Babcock

The ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seals in the collection of the Morgan are amongst the finest in the world. Sidney Babcock, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Curator and Department Head, will discuss what cylinder seals are, why they were important for antiquity, and their importance for us today in understanding the visual reality of the Mesopotamians.

Mr. Morgan’s Library will be open at 5:30 pm for program attendees.

Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Tickets: 
$15; $10 for members; free for students with a valid ID.

Leaping Stag in a Landscape, Impression from an ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seal, Middle Assyrian period (ca. 1250-1200 B.C.), milky chalcedony. The Morgan Library & Museum, Seal No. 601.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail [email protected] for information.