This post is final part of a three-part photo essay, “The Other Iraq — Erbil, 2013,” by Hakan Özoğlu (All photo credits are Hakan Özoğlu, 2013).
Cornell University has a long-standing interest in Mesopotamian studies, recently bolstered by the addition of new faculty in Assyriology and Archaeology, who add to an already diverse faculty in ancient Mediterranean and ancient Near Eastern studies, early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the modern Middle East. Our principal interest in joining TAARII is to ensure that scholarly relationships between and among American research institutions and our Iraqi colleagues continue. We are also committed to the study of culture and society in early Iraq through the written and material record. In addition, Archaeology faculty from several departments recently created the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies to coordinate and promote advanced research and training in those fields.
Amy Gansell’s project “Dressing the Neo-Assyrian Queen in Identity and Ideology” is quite literally wrapping up! She has been preparing illustrations, based on tomb finds, of the manner in which the deceased queens from Nimrud (c. 9th–8th centuries B.C.E.) were adorned. Many of the ornaments found in the tombs appear to have been garment decorations; therefore, she was also faced with the task of reconstructing a queen’s garment. Only small tufts of fabric were preserved in the tombs, and only profile views of queens are preserved in art. In order to determine what a queen’s garment would have looked like from the front and back, Dr. Gansell worked with two of her students, Rwitobrato Datta and Roscoe K. Franklin, at State University of New York’s (SUNY) Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to physically reconstruct a garment consisting of drapery over a tunic. Using yards of muslin and lots pins, patience, and creativity they now have a sample.