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Transcript of Sumerian Art
Where & When
Modern day Iraq
5500 and 4000 BCE - 1750 BCE
- people revered their gods so they would praise and worship them
-They brought the gods food and jewelry to their temples
-Many of their sculptures were used as adornment or ritual equipment for the temples
Visual characteristics, techniques, and media
-Sumerian did not use stone often (when they did, they had statutes that seemingly had no shape)
-They used mud brick for their buildings as they lack trees and minerals
-Made their temples higher up so it's easier to communicate with their God(s)
-Ziggurats; common form of temple
-Started bronze age
-Sculptures made with Gypsum
Key artworks and architectures of this period
Ziggurat of Uruk and Ur
Connections: Then and Now
-Geometric statues pleasing to modern tastes
-Geometric shapes are used in modern times as oversimplification of other art styles
-Developed the arch to allow stronger buildings
-Arches are still used today, for example they are used in bridges and other sculptures.
1. How much do you think they affected your lives
Tell Asmar Hoard
Standard of Ur
2. What do you think would be another suitable name for the Sumerians?
3. Why did they make their statues with big eyes?
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The Sumerians contributed a lot of things besides art and architecture to modern society. In fact, they were the first civilization known. They invented writing, the wheel, created a functioning society, and founded our base 60 system for time.
We're not entirely sure however, it might just be aesthetically pleasing to them, just like how many photos are edited to make them more pleasing to our eyes.
Sumerians/Mesopotamians actually do have another name. They are known as one of the "Cradles of Civilization". This is because Sumeria is where civilization was "nurtured" to grow into what is has now. As Sumerians invented writing, they are considered one of the "Cradles of Civilization"