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Artistry in Action
Photograph by Manoocher

"This is one of the masterpieces of Late Bronze Age Syrian art," says Pfälzner of this finely wrought ornament, which decorated a quiver that once held spears and arrows. The artist captured the drama of wrestlers subduing wild beasts, symbolic of human power and strength. The work also hints at far-flung cultural influences in Qatna, located at a crossroads of Near Eastern trade. While many artifacts in the tomb show Egyptian motifs, this piece reflects Mesopotamian culture—and the traditions followed by the ancient Syrian kingdom of Qatna.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 50mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: One second @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Artificial day light
Special Equipment or Comments: Copying stand


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