The very first form of writing by Sumarians that consisted of simplified pictures that stand for word(s) or concept(s). The pictures were carved into clay tablets by using a stylus (an ancient writing instrument).
An ancient writing instrument.
Wedge-shaped writing that developed from the pictograph. It is also a simplified writing system.
The images project only SLIGHTLY from the background.
A band or level that provides organized composition.
The horizontal base of a composition on which the figures stand.
An offering that is given to a deity figure (god or goddess) in exchange for something.
An artistic convention in which greater size equals greater importance.
hierarchy of scale
A blue, semi-precious stone used in carving and also as a source for pigment.
A composition that is symetrical on either side of a centralized figure (balanced).
A carved, stone slab that is used to mark graves or to commemorate historical events.
A monumental platform for a temple.
The vice used by artists to suggest the illusion of depth.
An Assyrian guardian taking the form of a man-headed, winged bull.
Sculptures that stand out substantially from the surface plane.
A coating that is applied to pottery to seal and decorate the surface.
A brick that has been painted and kiln-fired to fuse the color to the surface.
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