By Kim Benzel, Sarah Graff, Yelena Rakic, Edith Watts
Many beneficial properties of civilization originated within the lands we name the traditional close to East, an unlimited and sundry zone from Turkey to Iran and from the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula. This crucial advisor for K-12 educators introduces the range and variety of artwork produced by means of the wealthy cultures that flourished during this sector in the course of an both mammoth period of time, from approximately 8,000 B.C. to approximately 650 A.D. This totally illustrated booklet offers the cultural, archaeological, and ancient contexts for a range of thirty artworks within the Metropolitan Museum's assortment, comparable to huge reliefs, silver and gold vessels, cuneiform capsules, and cylinder seals. Curriculum connections, lesson plans, lecture room actions, maps, bibliographies, and a word list offer a finished set of instruments to lead school room or gallery studies
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Gemstones such as agate, carnelian, and lapis lazuli, much in demand for making small objects such as cylinder seals and beads for jewelry, had to be imported from regions Image 7 further to the east such as Afghanistan and India. The considerable expense required to obtain and transport stones over great distances presumably added to their prestige value. The stonemason had access to a variety of tools. Stones were quarried and shaped with pounders and grinders made of even harder 44 Materials and Techniques stone, as well as picks and pointers made of copper alloy, and later iron.
Compare image 13. The seals that were impressed on images 4 and 13 male figure guiding two dogs on a leash and hunting or herding boars no longer survive. Imagine how a in a reed marsh (FIG. 24). He is the so-called priest-king, a male figure seal (such as image 8) would have who can be identified by his dress and pose. Here he appears in his created impressions such as these. role as the good shepherd who protects flocks from wild predators. FIGURE 24 Line drawing showing the seal impression on this tablet.
Mesopotamia, excavated at Kalhu (modern Nimrud) 24 Incense Burner ca. c. Southwestern Arabia Vessel Terminating in the Forepart of a Stag 18 Enthroned Deity Figure of a Tribute Bearer 22 Plaques in the Form of Sphinxes Hittite Empire period, ca. c. Anatolia 21 Neo-Assyrian period, ca. c. Mesopotamia, excavated at Kalhu (modern Nimrud) ca. d. Syria, probably from Palmyra Iron Age II, ca. c. Syria 25 Vessel Terminating in the Forepart of a Leonine Creature 26 Relief Fragment of Attendants Carrying Food 29 Head of a King 30 Plate with a Hunting Scene Achaemenid period, ca.