Art History Lecture Series Presents "Rematerializing The Mesopotamian Cylinder Seal" By Sarah Kielt Costello

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Art History Lecture Series Presents "Rematerializing The Mesopotamian Cylinder Seal" By Sarah Kielt Costello
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University of Texas at Austin Department of Art and Art History says
Thursday, March 3 at 4 p.m.
Art Building UT Campus, Room 1.120
Free and open to the public

Rematerializing the Mesopotamian Cylinder Seal

The banquet seal of third-millennium southern Mesopotamia is a rich source of information relating to the social, political and religious practices of Sumerian elites, including women. Applying concepts of materiality to the banquet seal, Sarah Kielt Costello argues that this type of seal came into use as part of broader changes in social order, in which elites used material culture, including seals, to establish and maintain social and political control. Made from materials in a limited range of colors, and carved with simple, legible scenes known in other media, the banquet seal was part of a suite of self-referential visual culture whose redundancy increased the power and legibility of its message. This lecture will demonstrate how viewing seals through the lens of materiality allows us to look beyond imagery and seal function to how seals helped constitute social relations.



Sarah Kielt Costello is an archeologist and art historian who specializes in the ancient Mediterranean and ancient Near East. She is assistant professor of Art History at the University of Houston – Clear Lake and lecturer at Rice University. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Binghamton University and her masters degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. Her research focus has been the invention of writing and early technologies of memory. She is particularly interested in the materiality of visual culture: how objects and images act and are acted upon within societies. She has excavated in Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Greece, and the United States. She is currently editing a volume for the Cambridge University Press on seals and sealings in the ancient world. Her work has also appeared in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Antiquity, and Near Eastern Archaeology.
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