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Encyclopedia > The Babylonian Marriage Market

The Babylonian Marriage Market is a 1875 painting by the British painter Edwin Long of young women being auctioned into marriage. It received attention for its provocative depiction of women being sold and its attention to historical detail. It was inspired by a passage in the Histories by Herodotus, and the artist painstakingly copied some of the images from Assyrian artifacts. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1138, 222 KB) Description: Title: de: Der Heiratsmarkt von Babylon Technique: de: Öl auf Leinwand Dimensions: Country of origin: de: Großbritanien Current location (city): de: Surrey Current location (gallery): de: Royal Holloway and Bedford New College Other notes: de: Orientalismus... 1875 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... List of British painters Lemuel Francis Abbott (1760-1803) Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) born Dutch John Grimshaw Atkinson (1836-1893) Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872-1898) Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) William Blake (1757-1827) Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) John Collier (1850-1934) John Constable (1776?1837) Thomas... The Babylonian Marriage Market Edwin Long was a British painter who was born in Bath in 1829 and died in 1891 of pneumonia. ... The Histories of Herodotus by Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature. ... Bust of Herodotus at Naples Herodotus of Halicarnassus (Greek: Ήροδοτος, Herodotos) was a historian who lived in the 5th century BC (484 BC-ca. ... Relief from Assyrian capital of Dur Sharrukin, showing transport of Lebanese cedar (8th c. ...


It is currently held in the Picture Galley of Royal Holloway College, after being bought by Thomas Holloway in 1882, where it fetched a record price for a painting by a living artist at £6,615 [1] University Logo Royal Holloway, University of London is a college of the University of London located in Egham, Surrey, England. ... Thomas Holloway (September 22, 1800 - December 26, 1883) was a patent medicine vendor and philanthropist from England. ...


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Babylonian - Tower of Babel (4415 words)
Babylonian society consisted of three classes represented by the awilu, a free person of the upper class; the wardu, or slave; and the mushkenu, a free person of low estate, who ranked legally between the awilu and the wardu.
Marriages were arranged by the parents, and the betrothal was recognized legally as soon as the groom had presented a bridal gift to the father of the bride; the ceremony often was concluded with a contract inscribed on a tablet.
Babylonian artisans were skilled in metallurgy, in the processes of fulling, bleaching, and dyeing, and in the preparation of paints, pigments, cosmetics, and perfumes.
The Avalon Project : Babylonian Law--The Code of Hammurabi. (7486 words)
The marriage of young people was usually arranged between the relatives, the bride- groom's father providing the bride-price, which with other presents the suitor ceremonially presented to the bride's father.
The marriage ceremony included joining of hands and the utterance of some formula of acceptance on the part of the bridegroom, as "I am the son of nobles, silver and gold shall fill thy lap, thou shalt be my wife, I will be thy husband.
Hence the Code allowed a proviso to be inserted in the marriage contract, that the wife should not be seized for her husband's prenuptial debts; but enacted that then he was not responsible for her prenuptial debts, and, in any case, that both together were responsible for all debts contracted after marriage.
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