By Erwin Christensen

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The single disturbing detail, the severed head,! that shocks modern sensibilities, is irrelevant artistically. If this is interpreted as a symbol of royal victory, such victorj must have pleased the gods, as all state actions, including! wars, were undertaken with the consent and approval of the gods. style figures ///. ) and queen in the garden, Assyrian relief from Kuyunjik. H. 21 in. Copyright British Museum The Ishtar Gate of Babylon, restored Mesopotamian art (III. 28) accomplished another triumph in the invention of colored glazed tiles used for architectural decoration.

King also a flower. There are tables behind the royal couch] (with bow, quiver, and sword) and in front of the queen. A| harpist advances on the left; on the tree in front of himl hangs an upturned severed head (Teumman, King of Susa)| Servants bear food and whisk away the flies, birds perchj in the trees, and grapevines overhang the royal couple/ Among Assyrian reliefs this subject is unusual, peaceable,! and idyllic. The single disturbing detail, the severed head,! that shocks modern sensibilities, is irrelevant artistically.

The modeling of the outstretched arm sets off the upper arm from the lower, and the hair falls down in front in long, neatly separated curls. Drapery falls in vertical lines instead of clinging to a cylindrical shape. The love of ornamental pattern is still strong, but a sense of a living figure is beginning to emerge. Such figures of well-bred Athenian ladies making offerings to Athena were set up in the sacred temple areas as individual dedications to the goddess. 59 JREEK ART /// 38 Maiden, marble, c.

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