Sumerian Civilisation - Arts and Crafts
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Arts and Crafts
The Sumerians had a wide range of arts, much like today. They played instruments and wrote poetry, they imported stone for sculpture as stone was rare and used metals, shells and precious stones in their sculptures.
Sumerian figurines
A gold lyre found at the Royal Tombs of Ur
The Sumerians also developed pottery, invented the potters wheel, and jewellery. Great works found from excavations include, Lady of Warka a female head carved from white marble and an alabaster vase showing a procession of men and animals going to Inanna, goddess of fertility.
Cylinder seals, an important artform, were small cylinders of metal or stone, carved with a signature, to be rolled over moist clay as indentification.
A Sumerian cylinder seal
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Bibliography
To find out more about Sumerian Art follow one of the links below
Sumerian and Babylonian Art
Art History of Mesopotamia
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