The Two Pieces Of Paintings

963 WordsApr 26, 20164 Pages
The two pieces of artworks from the list of sacred places I chose to compare were the Ziggurat of Ur in Iraq and the Great Stupa in India. The first piece of Artwork was originally located in the city of Ur, it is called the Ziggurat of Ur. The Ziggurat of Ur was built by the Sumerians. The Sumerians were the first group of people in Mesopotamia, known as the cradle of civilization. They invented the first form of writing known as cuneiform, along with the wheel. Sumerians worshipped many Gods and Goddesses in temples or located in ziggurats (Gateways to Art, 2012, p.371). Ziggurats are known as Mesopotamian temples or pyramids that grew in size toward the bottom, constructed from mud and bricks. The Ziggurats were man made mountains which housed Gods and Goddesses. The Ziggurats of Ur happen to resemble the Egyptian pyramids however they weren’t produced to specifically to bury the decease. The authors of Gateways to Art summarizes: “The architectural design of the Ziggurats of Ur is mudbrick structures made up of three stepped levels, accessed by stairways or ramps…the lowest level is about 50ft. high and about 210 by 150 ft. in area, with others decreasing in size as they get closer to the heavens…while the topmost platform is more than 100 ft. high (Dewitte, Larmann, Shields, 2012, p.565). The priest is the only person that has access to the top floor of the Ziggurat of Ur, the priest evidently is not only the commissioner of the city but he’s also the one who
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