Artwork and architecture used in religious worship

Artwork and architecture used in religious worship




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Enemies crossing the Euphrates to escape Assyrian archers

The art is an exhibit of British museum. It shows actions which took place in 878BG when Ashurnasirpal had demonstration down the river Euphrates and reached the enemy. The architecture has got three men who are in long robes outfits. This means that they are not ordinary soldiers but high status. There is also other soldier appearing to be swimming who look like they are taken by surprise (Gabriel, 2001). The soldiers appear to be of small scale displaying a sense of spatial positioning and depth in this piece of art. Within the art, there are two other soldiers who are seen like blowing inflated animal skin.

The animal skin is used as floating devices to help the soldiers in water. One soldier in the piece of art has been hit by an arrow when swimming. Out of all the soldiers only one soldier who got beards and is said to be an official at ancient near Eastern court. At the bottom of the panel, there is standard inscription which are in traces. The traces were repetitive across various parts of his reliefs. This artwork is very wonderful complete with texture, spacing and also depth, all of which conspiracy the eyes of everyone who views the piece. There is an indication that the two Assyrians are shooting to the enemies. They are clothed in helmets, swords, bows and kits. Beautiful sense of depth gives the piece a wonderful scene.

Below is an artwork of the Enemies crossing the Euphrates to escape Assyrian archers

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Assurbanipal and his queen in the garden

This was a sample of Assyrian art evidenced from ancient near east. The piece portrays a lot of people who are in eager serving and adjoining an apparent affluent team in the garden. Impression from the artwork shows a relaxing hero portraying majesty. The panel is light brown hue saturated with carvings which shows peaceful low relief to the viewers (Kuhrt, 2013). The blocks which draws viewers’ attentions looks like figures appearing with a majesty style. There are also lines that envelop around the king and queen bringing them into focus. Relaxation is all what is seen in the whole art. A harp is been played by a figure which is far left side while other servants bring food and water to the high couple.

There is an amazing form of space in the art. Three dimensional effects are formed by the overlapping figures and other objects seen in the foreground. In front of the king there is a table whereby the king is relaxed in the couch. Majesty hero is displayed by the carving in many ways depicted by the image (Cohen, & Kangas, Eds. 2010).  The head of an enemy is seen hanging in the tree and weapons used in order to appreciate heroic efforts. Assurbanipal carving also depicts his triumph and heroic reality. There is a sword, bow and arrows behind the table which belong to him. This all shows his majesty and true nature of heroic history.

Below is Assurbanipal and his queen in the garden

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Cohen, A., & Kangas, S. E. (Eds.). (2010). Assyrian reliefs from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II: a cultural biography. UPNE. Kuhrt, A. (2013). 

Gabriel, R. A. (2001). Great Captains of Antiquity (No. 204). Greenwood Publishing Group.

The Persian Empire: a corpus of sources from the Achaemenid period. Routledge.

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