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Unformatted text preview: Intro to Art History: Lecture 2 01/19/12 Ancient Near Eastern Art c.3500-c. 300 BCE Mesopotamia “The land between 2 rivers”- Art is tied with politics it used to reflect and reinforce power- Mesopotamians developed visual narratives Cuneiform: earliest form of writing as a means of recording. formed a cultural link between a variety of civilizations Babylonian deed of sale , c. 1750 BCE (Janson 2.1) *Carved vessel (Warka Vase) c. 3300-3000 BCE, alabaster, from Uruk (modern Warka, Iraq), Ancient Near Eastern (Not Janson)- Pleasing Gods in order to make animals and plants multiple- Society driven by religious concern Register : self-contained band of imagery or relief. TOP- Priest making an offering to a Goddess Anana. - Found in the shrine of the Goddess Anana (Ignada)- A scene of offering. the symbolic marriage between the Goddess and the priest king for ensuring the fertility of the land to ensure the survival of the people. MIDDLE- Naked men carrying offerings to the Goddess Anana.- Sense of motion or movement. - Moving in one direction- In a walking position. one leg forward. midstride- Sense of energy BOTTOM- 3 components- Animals- Vegetation- Water- Represents what they want and what the Goddess has blessed the people with.- Various importance of Religion in Summarian culture. Please the Goddess for culture to continue. LOOTING- Looting from archeological sites. - deprives country of it’s cultural heritage.- destruction of the items- huge part is the find spot. Statues from the Abu Temple c. 2700-2500 BCE, from the Abu Temple TEll Asmar, Iraq, Ancient Near Eastern (Jan- son 2.5)- Standing group of figures- big eyes- Emphasis on sight- Eternal focus on the object of their prayer, the God- Conventional means warding off evil- Hands clasped together above waits- Short torso and long lower bodies...
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- Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Code of Hammurabi, History of Iraq, Ancient Near Eastern