Art of the Ancient Near East<br />Reading: <br />Stokstad, 27-38<br />Range:<br />5500-1500 BCE<br />Protoliterate, Early Dynastic Sumerian, Akkadian, Neo Sumerian, and Old Babylonian<br />Terms/Concepts:<br />Mesopotamia, Cuneiform, Cylinder Seals, Register, Bas Relief, Hieratic Scale, Votive, Axial, Bent Axis, Ziggurat, Axis Mundi, Stele, Lapis Lazuli, <br />Monument List<br /><ul><li>2-2, Anu Ziggurat, Protoliterate Sumerian, 3300-3000 BCE
Head of Akkadian Ruler, Akkadian, 2340-2180 BCE<br />
<ul><li>Stele of Naram Sin, Akkadian, 2254-2218 BCE</li></li></ul><li>Cylinder Seal with Weather God, Akkadian, 2334-2154 BCE<br /><ul><li>Stele of Naram Sin, Akkadian, 2254-2218 BCE</li></li></ul><li>Neo Sumerian: 2200-2100 BCE<br />
Critical Questions<br />How is religious and political power connected in the cultures of the ancient Near East? How do these connections manifest in their art?<br />What is hieratic scale? How is it used in ancient Near Eastern art?<br />How is the bent axis used in Near Eastern architecture? What is its significance?<br />What is the importance of materials like lapis lazuli and gold? What social institutions and activities do they indicate?<br />What are cylinder seals? What function do they serve? What cultural institutions do they indicate? <br />
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