DetailedDescription: Thisart depicted the man as God, who is standing high above all. The artis made up of sand stone and depicts two pictures, one hierarchy andother symbolism. In this art work, Naram-Sin is shown above all, withhis head held high while his soldiers follow him. The stone alsoshows Naram-Sin wearing a crown of horns and looking up at the sky,to the stars.
This gives a thought that Naram-Sin is above all be ithis enemy, whom he had bloated with a spear.HistoricalValue: Naram-Sinwas the king of Akkad, and this art was made in his honor to show howdivine and great he is. This also shows his victory over his enemies.The Akkadian empire was founded by Naram-Sin’s grandfather, Sargonwho also happens to be the one to unify the whole of Mesopotamia in24thcentury B.
C. During the reign of Naram-Sin, the Akkadian empireseemed to have reached it’s pinnacle. The reign of Naram-Sin was verylong, but there are no documents present to confirm how long thereign was.
The figure of Naram-Sin shows how intense he would be andhow fearsome, as his one leg in above his foes chest. Thisparticular artwork proves that the art can be fearsome and militant.In this art work, Naram-Sin is seen celebrating his victory and isone step closer to touch the stars. He is wearing a horn shaped crownwhile his followers are right behind him.
This shows the capacitythat Naram-Sin had for a true leader. The suclptor had made Naram-Sinequal to God in this art work. Anyone who sees this art can say thatNaram-Sin is unbeatable and is standing like a God. Oneof the aspect of Sumerian religious art is this Votive figures madeup of Limestone. The figure shows different figures with differentclothes and figures, offering a prayer to God. When looked closely,men have similar beard and hair styles, while women have similarhair. Each figure is on some kind of stone, so it is evident thatthey might have been sculpted from big blocks of stones.
Looking atone of the figures, who is kneeling down and have no base attached,seems that this is a different person, who is offering prayers withall its humbleness. Another thing which stands out is the bold eyesall the figures have. HistoricalValue: Thesculpture where everyone is folding hands and praying shows the greatreligious values at that time too. It also gives a notion that,people were friendly and devoted towards Gods. They were humble, bothmen and women. This makes me think that, many of us pray in churchwith folded hands, and this might have some essence from Sumerianculture, though it is just my thought. Thisis one of the important figures of that age because it shows thereligious side of the people, which was a very rare sight. This artdoes not have any political or militant connect.
It is just a figurewhere people are seen with folded hands and offering pryer. Some ofthem are even kneeling. Theseal was developed to identify documents and differentiate betweenthem The seal was made up of soft clay, which was used to seal anydocument.
The cylinder seals were small, and when rolled on wet clayleft an impression that proved the authenticity or ownership. Thecarving on the stones shows the real life of Mesopotamia and itspeople. The cylinder seals were used for daily businesses. HistoricalValue: Thecylinder seals were known as Kishib in Sumerian and Kunukku inAkkadian. Everyone from slaves to royals used it in daily life fortransactions. Individualsoften acquired seals as signs of status or on appointment to a highadministrative position, and the seals were buried with them, alongwith other important possessions. Thisusage of seal was something unique.
I think people at that time usingdifferent seals for different purpose was great. There are aroundmore than 3000 seals which were excavated, which means the kind oftime spent on making the seals and what to use for which transactionswere well thought of. This gives way to any political or militantway, and proves that business could have been conducted in a peacefulmanner in Mesopotamia.