The Presence of the Past: The Mesopotamian Seals of the Morgan, Wednesday, May 15

Ewe and Ram Flanking Plant with a Gatepost,  Mesopotamia, Sumerian, ca. 3300–2900 b.c., cylinder seal (with modern impression). The Morgan Library & Museum.

Ewe and Ram Flanking Plant with a Gatepost, Mesopotamia, Sumerian, ca. 3300–2900 b.c., cylinder seal (with modern impression). The Morgan Library & Museum.

On Wednesday, May 15, the National Institute of Social Sciences will host a very special evening at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

Sidney Babcock, the Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Curator and Department Head of Ancient Near Eastern Seals and Tablets, will speak on “The Presence of the Past: The Mesopotamian Seals of the Morgan.” Dr. Babcock has spent 24 years at the Morgan, and is world renowned for his work collecting and interpreting this significant collection. His talk will bring to life the classic and continuing struggles of power, politics, and populations.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception in the marble rotunda of the Morgan’s historic 1906 mansion (designed by Charles Follen McKim), followed by the talk in the main library. Afterward, Dr. Babcock has graciously offered to lead small, private tours of the Mesopotamian collection.

Attendance at this event will be strictly limited. Members will receive invitations in March.