Art of the Ancient Near East Reading Stokstad, 39-47 Range: 1500-330 BCE Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, and Persian Terms/Concepts: Mesopotamia, Apadana, Hieratic Scale, Lamassu, Bent Axis, Tribute, Bas Relief, Monument List
2-10, Assurnasirpal II Killing Lions, Assyrian, 875-860 BCE.
2-11, Reconstruction of the Citadel and Palace Complex of Sargon the II, DurSharrukin, Assyrian, 721-706 BCE
Pg. 41, Enemies Crossing the Euphrates to Escape Assyrian Archers from the Palace of Assurnasirpal II, 875-860 BCE
2-12, Lamassu Figures at Gate A of the Citadel of Sargon II, 721-706 BCE
2-14, Ishtar Gate, Neo-Babylonian, 6th Century BCE
2-17, Apadana of Darius and Xerxes, Achaemenid Persian, 518-460 BCE
2-18, Darius and Xerxes Receiving Tribute, Achaemenid Persian, 491-486 BCE
Stele of Naram Sin, Akkadian, 2254-2218 BCE
Cylinder Seal with Weather God, Akkadian, 2334-2154 BCE
Critical Questions How are animals used to convey power and powerlessness in Near Eastern art? How does the art/architecture of Assyrian palaces differ from the Apadana in Persepolis? What does this say about their respective cultures. What is the function of the ziggurat in ancient Near Eastern religion? What kind of image do the kings of the Near Eastern world cultivate? Think of both their physical representations and the representations of their lives. What are some common artistic themes that link the art of the Near Eastern cultures?