1.3: Inanna and Dimuzi
As you’ve read, the poem of Inanna and Dimuzi includes agricultural metaphors that are a bit more explicit than your typical Old Farmer’s Almanac entry. Discuss the underlying meaning of this poem and how it relates to the Warka Vase, Warka Mask, and White Temple and Ziggurat from Uruk. How is the imagery on the exterior of the Warka Vase connected with this poem and why were these literary and visual images so important to the Sumerians?
Discussion 1.4: Perception of Images
In the two pairs of images provided, (Eshnunna figurines vs. head of Sargon), (Palette of Narmer vs. Stele of Naram-Sin), discuss how the objects functioned and were intended to be viewed. Consider the importance of propaganda, magic, and religion in the images. How did the needs and expectations of the patron and the underlying cultural ideas and expectations shape the form and function of these objects and their history? Use references to the readings to support your statements.
head of Sargon
Palette of Narmer
|Stele of Naram-Sin|
Discussion 3.2: Sharing of Ideas
Discuss the sharing of ideas that we see in the 7th and 6th centuries BCE. Identify 2 specific examples that illustrate this sharing of ideas between the cultures we are examining this week and discuss how this sharing of ideas affected the development of art and architecture.