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Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel

Edited by Michael Sebanne, Osnat Misch-Brandl and Daniel Master

Contributors include Thomas E. Levy, Daniel M. Master, Osnat Misch-Brandl, Yorke M. Rowan, Michael Sebbane, Dina Shalem, and Orit Shamir.

Masters of Fire - Cover

$49.95 + tax

On sale in the ISAW galleries and online through the Princeton University Press


In 1961 Israeli archaeologists discovered over 400 copper objects at Naḥal Mishmar in what was to become known as the Cave of the Treasure. These copper objects were so spectacular that they define an era in Southern Levantine history now known as the Copper Age (4500–3600 bce). Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel, the catalogue for the exciting exhibition at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, explores this “metallurgical revolution” and the accompanying social and cultural changes through a series of unprecedented loans from one of the greatest hoards of antiquity. It also presents the first comprehensive U.S. exhibition of other archaeological discoveries from this period—anthropomorphic and zoomorphic ossuaries, technically elaborate wool and linen textiles, and exceptionally rendered figurines. When viewed together, these objects reveal a dynamic world whose technological advancements revolutionized art and society.

ISBN: 9780691162867

196 pages | 212 color illus. 2 halftones. 7 line illus. | 8-1/2 x 11-1/2