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What would you look like in Egyptian art? – a project

By | 2017-09-20T16:53:59+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Art, Egypt|

What would you look like in Egyptian art? Ancient Egyptian sculptors wanted to show what people were really like inside, not just what they looked like on the outside. What if you drew two portraits of yourself - what you really look like on the outside, and what you are really like - [...]

Post-Mauryan art in India – 100 BC to 300 AD

By | 2017-09-14T17:16:08+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Art, India|

Relief from Saidu Sharif I, in the Swat Valley. 50 BC - 50 AD. Now in the Swat Museum, Pakistan. The Mauryan Empire collapsed about 150 BC, but India remained a rich place thanks to Silk Road trade. Indian artists kept right on carving new sculptures. Sometime around 50 BC - 50 AD, [...]

Mauryan art in India – 300 to 100 BC

By | 2017-09-14T17:17:58+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Art, India|

Buddha comes down from heaven. Butkara I, Swat Valley, Pakistan, 100s BC. (Now in Swat Museum.) The rise of Buddhism in India during the Mauryan Empire brought with it a new interest in carving the stories of the Buddha's life. And Indian artists were now seeing scenes from Greek mythology on the metopes [...]

Sumerian art history – Mesopotamia

By | 2017-09-11T23:19:46+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

Sumerian clay figures from Tell Asmar (about 2900 BC - compare them to these earlier Indian ones) Sumerian art is the art that Sumerian people made. The Sumerians lived in what is now southern Iraq beginning about 4000 BC. Sumerian art is mainly about exploring and supporting the relationships between people and the gods, and plants and animals. These relationships [...]

Stone Age art from West Asia

By | 2017-09-11T23:03:48+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

Building D, Gobekli Tepe. Southern Turkey, about 9000 BC The earliest art known from West Asia is from about 9000 BC, soon after the end of the last Ice Age. It's from Gobekli Tepe, in southern Turkey near the border with Syria. At Gobekli Tepe, hunter-gatherer people built a big stone temple and decorated it with [...]

Scythian art history – Central Asian art

By | 2017-09-11T22:57:06+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Art, Central Asia|

Scythian deer from about 700-500 B.C. It is made out of gold, and it's now in St. Petersburg. The Scythians were horse-riding nomads, who traveled around the western part of Central Asia taking care of their big herds of cattle and hunting wild animals like this deer. Scythian art was mostly small, so people could carry it around conveniently. For [...]

Phoenician art – West Asia

By | 2017-09-11T22:51:31+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

Core-formed Phoenician glass bottle (400s BC) The Phoenicians, from as early as 1500 BC, were mainly known for producing glass bottles and jars, especially for perfume. The Phoenicians sold these jars to Egypt and to the Assyrians. After the Dark Age they began to sell their jars (and the perfume) to the Greeks too. The rise of the Silk Road in the last centuries [...]

Persian and Parthian art – Iran

By | 2017-09-11T22:21:58+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

Molded brick relief of Persian archers, from Susa in the 400s BC Not long after the Babylonians made the Ishtar Gate, the Persians conquered the Babylonians. They took over some Assyrian art ideas and also some Babylonian ones. This is a Persian version of the Babylonian clay reliefs. They're still using molded clay bricks, [...]

Assyrian and Babylonian art – West Asia

By | 2017-09-11T20:13:53+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

Assyrian prisoners After the Dark Ages, by around 1000 BC, the Assyrians became the biggest power in West Asia, and they created many important works of art. The Assyrians continued the West Asian tradition of relief carving, and the Mesopotamian tradition of rounded forms, and continued to write over the surface of their stone carvings, and to represent their war [...]

West Asian art history – Mesopotamia and Iran

By | 2017-09-11T17:55:37+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

Building D, Gobekli Tepe. Southern Turkey, about 9000 BC West Asian art goes back to the earliest presence of people in West Asia, in the form of little stone or clay fertility figurines. Around 9000 BC, they were carving stone at the temple of Gobekli Tepe. They didn't carve human figures (we don't know why not). But they [...]