Assyrian art

Zoe Suydam

Reliefs, carved slabs

  • Reliefs would be carved out of gypsum slabs

  • Lion Hunt from the north palace that belonged to king Ashurbanipal ( 668-631 BC)

  • Depicts king slaying lions in an arena, each slab like a page of a story

  • Lions are strong and muscular in their features and they represent the violence of nature

  • Kings are larger and wear crowns

  • Reliefs would fill hall ways

  • Glorification of the king


    • Military victories

    • Stern soldiers

    • Selective only depicted enemy deaths

    • Violent

    • Placed in public reception rooms



Sculptures

  • Guardian of Lamassu

  • sculpted in high relief on two sides of a rectangular block

  • heads effectively in the round (and also five legs, so that both views seem complete)

  • marked fortified royal gateways

  • produced little sculptures


citations

"Assyrian Art: Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions." - Smarthistory. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.

http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/assyrian-art.html

"Assyrians." British Museum -. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013

.http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/cultures/middle_east/assyrians.aspx

"Join Academia.edu & Share Your Research with the World." Explain the Aesthetics and Propaganda Message of Assyrian Art: How Was It Used to Legitimise the Power of the State? N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.

http://www.academia.edu/2142089/Explain_the_aesthetics_and_propaganda_message_of_Assyrian_art_how_was_it_used_to_legitimise_the_power_of_the_state

"Arth103 Chapter 2 - Art of the Ancient Near East: 09. Lion Hunt Scene, Assyria." Arth103 Chapter 2 - Art of the Ancient Near East: 09. Lion Hunt Scene, Assyria. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013

http://www.people.vcu.edu/~dbangdel/JAlbum103-2Near/slides/09.%20Lion%20Hunt%20Scene,%20Assyria.html

"Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History." Assyria, 1365–609 B.C. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.


http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/assy/hd_assy.htm