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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Harvard Art Museums : Room 3440

Harvard Art Museums – Room 3440

Art From Us, Museum Guide

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #889 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 3440. Showcasing a collection of the Ancient Near Eastern Art in the Service of Kings.

The three works in focus are :

Foundation Peg, Probably of King Shulgi (2094-2047 BC), late 3rd millennium BCE
Bull’s Head Attachment Form a Cauldron, 8th century BCE
Ahuramazda in the Winged Disk, 486-460 BCE

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide

According to the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums :

“The world’s first powerful kingdoms arose in ancient Mesopotamia in the third and second millennia BCE, centered on the cities of Ur, Akkad, and Babylon. Monumental architecture grew with the rulers’ ambitions, incorporating elaborate sculpted and painted decoration.”

The artistic motifs that inspired artists during this period included  things found in nature – including animals and trees. These designs were adopted to design seals. Craftsmen also depended on scenes from daily life, especially in the court.

The need to efficient administration was more now than ever before, due to growing empires.

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