Nippur: Achitectural Drawings

Catalogue #78: Nippur Architectural Drawings

Joseph Meyer, Group of slipper-shaped sarcophagi after excavation, 1894
Joseph Meyer, Group of slipper-shaped sarcophagi after excavation, 1894

[CATALOGUE # 78] Joseph Meyer, Group of slipper-shaped sarcophagi after excavation, 1894. Graphite on paper. The collection of Parthian slipper sarcophagi was ultimately divided between Penn and the Ottoman Imperial Museum. (UPM Archives)

Catalogue #77: Nippur Architectural Drawings

Jospeh Meyer, Excavation of the Temple of Bel, 1894
Jospeh Meyer, Excavation of the Temple of Bel, 1894

[CATALOGUE # 77] Jospeh Meyer, Excavation of the Temple of Bel, 1894. Graphite on paper. One of many delicate pencil sketches showing the excavations in progress, Meyer’s drawing reveals the trained eye of an architect. (UPM Archives)

Catalogue #76: Nippur Architectural Drawings

Joseph Meyer sketch
Joseph Meyer sketch

[CATALOGUE # 76] Joseph Meyer, Water conduit on the southwest face of the ziggurat, 1894. Graphite on paper. Meyer’s sketches invariably include figures for scale and local color. This drawing shows the channel cut for a water conduit. (UPM Archives)

Catalogue #75: Nippur Architectural Drawings

Joseph Meyer, Northeast façade of the ziggurat
Joseph Meyer, Northeast façade of the ziggurat

[CATALOGUE # 75] Joseph Meyer, Northeast façade of the ziggurat, showing the buttressed wall of the Melisiha excavation level and a fragment of the later upper wall, 1894. Graphite on paper. Meyer paid particular attention to deciphering the architectural history of the ziggurat. (UPM Archives)

Catalogue #74: Nippur Architectural Drawings

Joseph Meyer, Northwest facade of the ziggurat
Joseph Meyer, Northwest facade of the ziggurat

[CATALOGUE # 74] Joseph Meyer, Northwest facade of the ziggurat, excavated during the summer of 1894. Pen and ink on paper. Meyer worked from pencil sketches done on site to produce impressive ink drawings like this one. As in Haynes’ photographs, Meyer favors high vantage points, dramatic spatial recession, and isolated figures. (UPM Archives)

Catalogue #70: Nippur Architectural Drawings

Baghdad and Ctesiphon
Baghdad and Ctesiphon

[CATALOGUE # 70-71] Baghdad and Ctesiphon. Two drawings from Joseph Meyer’s notebook, 15 April, 1884 (Special Collections, Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Catalogue #73: Nippur Architectural Drawings

Joseph, Meyer, Elevation and plan
Joseph, Meyer, Elevation and plan

[CATALOGUE # 73] Joseph, Meyer, Elevation and plan of the northwest façade of the ziggurat, southwest end, 1894. Pen and ink on paper. During Meyer’s short period at Nippur, much more attention was paid to the architecture and the urban context of the finds. (UPM Archives)

Catalogue #72: Nippur Architectural Drawings

Joseph Meyer, excavation of the ziggurat at Nippur, 1894
Joseph Meyer, excavation of the ziggurat at Nippur, 1894

[CATALOGUE # 72] Joseph Meyer, excavation of the ziggurat at Nippur, 1894. Pen and ink on paper. This ink drawing shows an overview of the excavation of the ziggurat at Nippur. After sketching on site, Meyer produced finished drawings in ink to highlight the architectural features. (UPM Archives)

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