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...we're listed there. The Ashurbanipal Monument in San Francisco is officially listed as "American Sculpture". I can live with that. Except for one thing...they mistakenly called one of the versions of Ashurbanipal's name inscribed on the pedestal as being written in Arabic.

Ashurbanipal, (sculpture).

Artist: Parhad, Fred, sculptor.
Tomsick, Frank, 1934- , architect.
MBT Associates, architectural firm.
Asthetic Art Service, founder.

Title: Ashurbanipal, (sculpture).

Other Titles: Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria, 664-627 B. C., (sculpture).

Dates: 1987.; Dedicated May 29, 1988.

Medium: Sculpture: patinated bronze; Base: concrete with anti-graffiti coating.

Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. 126 x 48 x 30 in.; Base: approx. 59 x 60 x 36 1/4 in.

Inscription: (Back of statue:) Parhad 87 (Above artist's signature:) for Bella and Luther (these are the artist's parents) Asthetic Art Service (Inscribed in concrete, front and back, in English:) Ashurbanipal (The word Ashurbanipal is inscribed in cuneiform/Assyrian on the proper right) (The word Ashurbanipal is inscribed in Arabic on the proper left) signed Founder's mark appears.

Description: Larger-than-life full length male figure standing on a plinth decorated with a lotus-blossom design. The figure wears a short tunic and holds a lion cub in his proper right arm. He has long hair and a braided beard. Figure stands on a concrete base, with bronze plaque and rosettes.

Subject: Portrait male -- Ashurbanipal -- Full length
Occupation -- Other -- Aristocrat
Ethnic -- Asian
Animal -- Lion
Object -- Written Matter

Object Type: Outdoor Sculpture -- California -- San Francisco

Owner: Administered by City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Arts Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, California 94102
Located Main San Francisco Library, South door, between Hyde & Larkin Streets, San Francisco, California

Remarks: Statue was unveiled at Artworks Foundry, Berkeley, CA on May 5, 1985 and at Annual National Convention of the Assyrian American National Federation on September 3-7, 1987. IAS files contain related articles from the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner and have copy of the inscription on the bronze dedicatory plaque.

Condition: Surveyed 1992 June. Well maintained.

References: Save Outdoor Sculpture, California, San Francisco survey, 1992.
The Arts Commission of San Francisco, "San Francisco Civic Art Collection: A Guided Tour to Publicly Owned Art of the City and County of San Francisco," San Francisco: The Arts Commission of San Francisco, 1989, pg. 28, no. 1.26.
San Francisco Chronicle, June 31, 1987, pg. 10.
San Francisco Examiner, Dec. 28, 1987, pg. B-1.
San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 1987, pg. 41.

Illustration: Image on file.
San Francisco Examiner, Dec. 28, 1987, pg. B-1.

Note: The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.

Repository: Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Control Number: IAS CA000062


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