I’ve had some great responses to my new video series, 5-Minute Art History, so I have filmed some more episodes! Today, I cover the art of Ancient Sumer which is one of the first-ever civilizations and responsible for a lot of our history’s firsts.
Watch the video, and then download the printable handout covering the conventions of Sumerian art from the Curated Connections Library.
Sumerian Art Conventions Printable
Get to know more about Sumerian art in this informative PDF. Makes a great printable for your classroom or study sheet for your students!
Sumer Art Conventions
~4500 – 1750 B.C.E.
- First civilization
- Sumerians had many inventions include the wheel, writing, and more
- First written language = cuneiform
- Theocracy, the ruler was God and leader was God’s representative on earth
- Hierarchical scale
- Stylized and geometric forms
- Manipulated and exaggerated proportion in art and features
- Ziggurat = stepped temple
- Creates a connection between heaven and earth
- Winding pattern of steps slows you down and prepares you for god
- Reflects important role of religion in people’s lives
- Tell Asmar Hoard
- The Standard of Ur
- The Ziggurat of Ur
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I take our kids to see the Houston Policeman’s memorial, by Jesus Moroles. It is based upon a ziggurat with the shrine (a fountain) at the top The kids climb it and it is a wonderful structure. It will be nice to show your video before we go this coming school year.
Cindy, The Art Curator for Kids
That’s awesome! I’ll look out for that next time I am in Houston!