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The 'Wonders' that Basham Saw

This archive of images was put together by the late Professor A. L. Basham (1914-1986) during his tenure as professor and head of the department of Oriental (later Asian) civilizations at ANU (1965-1979). He helped set up the Faculty of Oriental (later Asian) Studies at ANU and played a pioneering role in teaching and research in this area. His book The Wonder that Was India (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1954) became a signal study in the field. Basham undertook extensive fieldwork in India and studied several classical Indian languages.

Upon his retirement, the erstwhile Department of Art History at ANU inherited his extensive collection of 35-mm slides, each slide accompanied by an index card with Basham’s typewritten (and sometimes handwritten) notes on the image. As the archive reveals, Basham had a deep interest in art and visual culture as an essential aspect of historical study, and was an accomplished photographer. These images represent an important ingredient in the historiography of ‘classical’ civilization in Asia, variously carried out by scholars working within and outside the region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Over 2018-19, the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the ANU School of Art and Design has worked with ANU Archives to digitise and analyse Basham's visual archive. Sharing Basham’s images with the general public and with fellow researchers globally has been an important aim of the project. ANU researchers are now working with colleagues at the National Gallery of Australia, National University of Singapore and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, to continue research of the significance of the 'wonders' that Basham saw, many of which are now in rather different circumstances than they were when Basham photographed them.

For inquiries or to give feedback contact Dr Chaitanya Sambrani, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Art History and Art Theory at Chaitanya.Sambrani@anu.edu.au

Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 4136
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Babylon (Late Babylonian period) : The Ishtar Gate, later part of reign of Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 BC)

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
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Date Created1964
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Nineveh (Neo-Assyrian period) : Alabaster relief of great lion hunt, reign of Ashurbanipal (668-627 BC)

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
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Date Created1964
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Neo-Assyrian period : Impressions of cylinder seals, reign of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC)

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
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Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Middle Assyrian period : Cylinder seals, 1385-1045 BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
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Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Middle Assyrian period : Cylinder seals, 1385-1045 BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
Typeimage
Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Susa (Middle Elamite period) : Detail of bronze statue of Queen Napirasu, second half of 2nd millennium BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
Typeimage
Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Susa (Middle Elamite period) : Bronze statue of Queen Napirasu, second half of 2nd millennium BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
Typeimage
Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Susa (Middle Elamite period) : Brick relief, between 1170-1151 BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
Typeimage
Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Ras Shamra (Ugarit) (Middle Syrian period) : Golden bowl found SW of Temple I, 14th century BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
Typeimage
Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Uruk (Pure Kassite period) : Innin (Inanna) Temple of Kara-inda(sh), 14th century BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
Typeimage
Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Later Larsa period : Stele of the Code of Hammurabi, King of Babylon, c. 1930-1888 BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
Typeimage
Date Published-
Date Created1964
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Larsa Dynasty : "Burney Plaque" with winged goddess, 2023-1761 BC

Author(s)Parrot, Andre
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Date Published-
Date Created1960
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Larsa (Larsa period or later) : Bronze figure of kneeling supplicant with gold covering, c. 1930-1888 BC

Author(s)Strommenger, Eva
Typeimage
Date Published-
Date Created1964

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