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Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel Hardcover – March 4, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691162867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691162867
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,822,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This well-illustrated book provides an excellent introduction to the Chalcolithic period (4500-3600 BCE) of the southern Levant. . . . Of special interest is the well-illustrated essay detailing the hoard of metal objects recovered from the cave of Nahal Mishmar and the techniques of their manufacture. This hoard consists of crowns and numerous elaborate mace-heads representing some of the earliest artifacts cast in molds by cire perdue processes in the ancient Near East."--Choice

About the Author

Michael Sebbane is chief curator of the National Treasures of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Osnat Misch-Brandl is a curator of Chalcolithic and Canaanite periods at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Daniel M. Master is professor of archaeology at Wheaton College and codirector of the Leon Levy Expedition at Ashkelon.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pmthorner on April 19, 2014
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This beautifully produced exhibition catalogue had to be my substitute for visiting the exhibition itself. The survey of pre-Biblical era artifacts and art from the Chalcolithic period in what is now Jordan and Israel illustrates the social and religious lives of the people of that time. I am interested in the cultures that preceded the Biblical era and the text was a good introduction. I found the drawings of some of the sites where artifacts were found to be especially helpful in providing the context for them.
This book inspired me to learn more about the cultures of this region of the world that gave birth to Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
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