The aim of this book is to illuminate a significant chapter of human history by providing the most extensive and intensive documented history of the art of the Elamite civilization (ca. 4200-525 BCE). The Near East encompasses a vast geographical space between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean and the Indus river valley. It was within this region that the first farmers lived and the first villages and cities were built, giving birth to an unprecedented burst of social interaction from which emerged the world’s first complex societies, kingdoms and empires. Of all the ancient civilizations that participated in these events, Elam remains the least well known. The book is handsomely illustrated by over 1450 photographs and 190 line-drawings and digital reconstructions organized in 220 plates.