C2 Vocab - Art History I Stokstad, Chapter Two: Vocabulary...

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Art History I Stokstad, Chapter Two: Vocabulary & Notes Christine Tate, Ph.D. Polytheistic—worshipping more than one god (worshipping one deity=monotheism) Inanna/Ishtar/Isis/Aphrodite/Venus—Goddesses of love Cuneiform—the first writing system in the cradle of Western civilization, first used for inventories and contracts; laws and written literature later; used by most peoples in Ancient Mesopotamia Stylus—writing implement with a point on one end and a wedge-shaped stamp on the other, used to inscribe cuneiform on wet clay tablets Ziggurat—multi-tiered base for a Mesopotamian temple, typically constructed of mud brick Cone mosaic—long-lasting mosaic technique in which round-faced glazed and fired tessarae are pressed deeply into thick mortar Polychromed—multicolored Tesserae—pieces set in mortar to create a mosaic—can be stone, glass, ceramic, shell, etc. Register—a horizontal band of text or imagery, usually layered vertically, often divided by lines—a very efficient system for pictorial narrative—read from bottom to top in Mesopotamian art Groundline—in two-dimensional works, the line representing the plane on which figures stand
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