Assurnasirpal II Killing Lions

Pg. 78 Fig. 2-21


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After centuries of power struggles in southern Mesopotamia, a people called the Assyrians began to rise to dominance in northern Mesopotamia. Became very powerful by 1400 bce, in 1000 bce they began to conquer. From 900 bce to the empires collapse in 600 bce the empire had many capitals. In a vivid lion-hunting scene, the emperor stand in a chariot, drawing his bow against an attacking lion. The immediacy marks a change in Mesopotamian art. Unlike earlier works of this time and place the humans assume a dominant role over the beasts. There is no question of who will prevail. The viewer is given of story or narrative in stead of just documenting the action.

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Assurnasirpal II Killing Lions:

       Very smooth, much emotion. The book doesn't capture the 3-D.  What appears to be soft and flat, actually has an immense amount of detail.  An extreme 3D realistic representation. This piece has some subtle and dramatic details.