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  1. page Keegans page edited ... Figure 3 The terracotta figurines at ed-Dur are a great example of how people had some pieces…
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    The terracotta figurines at ed-Dur are a great example of how people had some pieces of art for personal use, and not for religious purposes or rituals but rather from trading(Daems,92-104). These figurines occur in isolated areas through out the area rather then being used for the usual local religious beliefs. People were making these for some reason and were spread around either through gifts or trading with traveling peoples. Maybe it was a style or a fad that caught on for a time but these figurines could be made out of a different materials and take on many different shapes as you can see in figures 4 & 5.
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  2. page Keegans page edited Mesopotamia Art By Keegan Hubbard In this section of the wiki I break up the fascinating topic of…
    Mesopotamia Art By Keegan Hubbard
    In this section of the wiki I break up the fascinating topic of Mesopotamia art into three different topics that I have found to be the most pertinent. The topics that I have researched and presented are religious art, private art and portable art. Within these topics I will show how the ingenuity and great diversity found in Mesopotamia, spread to other parts of the world and effected different ways of life for all.
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    Introduction
    Being one of the oldest known civilizations, Mesopotamia became a mixing pot of ideas, culture and art. Objects that we see today that are labeled as art, were not seen as such to the Mesopotamian people. Much of todays art is seen as a persons means of portraying a feeling or an idea to their audience.The Mona Lisa was not originally meant to aid a priest when bringing an offering to the alter of certain gods. however, a few thousand years ago , the people in the Mesopotamian regions made numerous masterpieces for their time. These masterpieces were not just for personal accomplishment but oriented to live better lives by pleasing the gods . Most of the figurines, pots, and carvings of the Mesopotamian culture's were meant as functional “devices” in different venues so more care was taken into account when creating such items. Therefore the amount of intricacy and craftsmanship is amazing in these Mesopostamian pieces.
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  4. page Keegans page edited ... In this section of the wiki I break up the fascinating topic of Mesopotamia art into three dif…
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    In this section of the wiki I break up the fascinating topic of Mesopotamia art into three different topics that I have found to be the most pertinent. The topics that I have researched and presented are religious art, private art and portable art. Within these topics I will show how the ingenuity and great diversity found in Mesopotamia, spread to other parts of the world and effected different ways of life for all.
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    Figure 1 Fragment of a bowl with a frieze of bulls in relief
    In researching the topic of “art” in Mesopotamia, I found that highlighting the areas of the use of art/artistry in rituals and religion, personal pieces of art created by or for everyday normal people, and some of the more widely seen art throughout this fascinating culture, would be more productive then just trying to lump such a wide variety of art together into one big subject.To begin though I would like to elaborate on what the characteristics of Mesopotamian art are and how they differed from the other artifacts that have been found from other civilizations.
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    In the early dynastic period (3000-2340 B.C.E) the Sumerian's developed techniques to make jewelry and pottery like that in the video below, you can see how that pottery with this type of artistry, people would be willing to travel, with expensive goods, long distances in order to barter and possibly obtain these works of portable art.
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    I will discuss later on the subject of the cylinder seals but this is just one example of how a complex society can use an art form for both religious and everyday personal purposes.
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    In a very confusing article at first, but still interesting none the less, published July of 2008, Mark Schwartz and David Hollander did a set of tests that “addresses issue of inter-regional trade for the world's first colonial trading system, the economic expansion of state societies from southern Mesopotamia into southwest Iran and southeast Anatolia..” In short the article goes on to explain how in Mesopotamia the land is rich with bitumen (natural petroleum) and land able to sustain livestock but no available resources of metal and stones. So the stones and metal we see in the necklaces in figure 3 , are traded and imported from other countries, then assembled back in Mesopotamia. For more details about trade routes take a look at Justin C's Section..
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    The ceramics of Mesopotamia are unique, unusual, and serve distinct purposes; whether that may be visual or functional. Ceramics tell more than just an idea of production, it can describe a culture in a new way.
    A Brief History of The Uruk Period in Mesopotamia
    The Uruk period in ancient Mesopotamia was from CA. 4000 to 3000 BC. It was named "Uruk" after the Sumerian city. This was a period of urban life and the creation of governmental organization. The beveled-rim bowl (aka BRB) was a clear indicator of this. There were around 10,000-20,000 people in the area during this time period. This was a clear shift to a civilization. Mesopotamia is greatly known for many of ancient civilization "firsts". Writing, art,bullae and tokens, trade, __and__ cylinder seals. The list goes on.
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    The use of ceramics goes back all the way to the stone age (go figure!). All the way back to 500,000 BC to 100,000 BC. Much of it began as things being scraped into clay. Most of the time, figures of war and the animals existing around them. But, it doesn't end with carvings. Figurines were also very popular way back when. Human figures were created out of materials such as stone, or clay. The discovery of ceramics didn't happen at one time in one area. It was happening all over the world: Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and in the Pacific.
    In Mesopotamia specifically, other then the mass produced BRB's, Clay pots were created with magnificent drawings of bull's head and other symbols. Simplistic yet artistic, this was a movement in ceramics and pottery that held meaning and symbolism.
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    The Beveled Rim Bowl
    These were from the late 4th millennium BCE. They were pieces of pottery that was easy to hold an had a side where the rim was "beveled". They were made in large numbers, probably because they were cheap to make and very durable. They were so prevalent that they constituted for three-fourths of the total ceramic assemblage in sites of the period. They were seen as so unique because so many were made. Most likely they were made from molds, although how they were made is still up for question. Another fascinating thing about beveled rim bowls is that they are all very close in size. These were not made to hold liquid.
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    The ceramics of Mesopotamia are unique, unusual, and serve distinct purposes; whether that may be visual or functional. Ceramics tell more than just an idea of production, it can describe a culture in a new way.
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  8. page Keegans page edited Mesopotamia Art By Keegan Hubbard ... for all. Introduction Being one of the oldest kno…
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    Introduction
    Being one of the oldest known civilizations, Mesopotamia became a mixing pot of ideas, culture and art. Objects that we see today that are labeled as art, were not seen as such to the Mesopotamian people. Much of todays art is seen as a persons means of portraying a feeling or an idea to their audience. The Mona Lisa was not originally meant to aid a priest when bringing an offering to the alter of certain gods but back a couple thousand years, the people's in the Mesopotamian regions made numerous masterpieces, for their time, not just for personal accomplishment but in order to live better lives by pleasing the gods . Most of the figurines, the pots, and the carvings of the Mesopotamian culture's ,were meant as functional “devices” in different venues so more care was taken into account when creating such item's so the amount of intricacy and craftsmanship is amazing.
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  9. page Megans Sections edited ... After Thought... *After reading much of the information on beveled rim bowls of Mesopotamia, …
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    *After reading much of the information on beveled rim bowls of Mesopotamia, it came clear that the information told similar stories. These bowls were definitely important and made for a specific purpose, but what that purpose was is still being looked over. So many of these hunks of ceramic are found scattered on the ancient floor. What were they really used for? We do know one thing. We know that BRB's played a significant role in the distribution and organization of Mesopotamian people. It created order and class and an idea of stratified labor. It shows the growth of urbanization and the creation of a civilization.
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    JSTOR Article 10/15
    The International Journal of African Historical Studies
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