Mesopotamia - TheRiseofCivilization:...

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1 The Rise of Civilization: The Art of the Ancient Near East 1 The Ancient Near East Objectives: •Id en t i fy the major “powers” of Mesopotamia and relative timeframe relative timeframes •R e cogn i z e and describe stylistic conventions typical of Ancient Mesopotamia
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2 The Ancient Near East 3 Sumerians 3500 BCE – 2300 BCE • Developed earliest writing Developed earliest writing Pictographs 3400 – 3200 BCE Cuneiform 3000 – 2900 BCE • Established urban communities –a g r i c u l t u r e , irrigation, labor specialization, community defense
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3 Reconstruction drawing of the White Temple and ziggurat, Uruk (modern Warka), Iraq, ca. 3200–3000 BCE. 7 1 st great work of narrative relief sculpture known – depicts religious festival in honor of goddess Register format Composite view No overlapping of figures common ground line 8 Presentation of offerings to Inanna (Warka Vase), from Uruk, Iraq, ca. 3200–3000 BCE. Alabaster, 3’ 1/4” high. Iraq Museum, Baghdad.
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4 Statuettes of two worshipers, from the Square Temple at Eshnunna (modern Tell Asmar), 9 Iraq, ca. 2700 BCE. Gypsum inlaid with shell and black limestone, tallest figure approx. 2’ 6” high. Iraq Museum, Baghdad. Fragment of the victory stele of Eannatum (Stele of the Vultures), from Girsu (modern Telloh), Syria, ca.
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