The Art Of Mesopotamia And Egypt

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In chapter 2: The Art of Mesopotamia and Egypt were in some ways very much alike. Mesopotamia and Egypt both had a great agriculture that helped them gain a little wealth. The Nile was a big part of the agriculture between the people. The most important waterways were the Indus and the Huang He in Asia, the Danube in Europe, and the Mississippi in North America. These rivers helped farmers with transportation, which then helped their agriculture grow. As the society became more advanced the people started to have responsibilities. Such as priests communicated with the gods, rulers led and governed, warriors defended the greater community, artists helped define record, and enhance the power of mortals as well as the gods (p.61). Art then became a way of communication with the gods. Though Mesopotamia and Egypt were alike there were some differences between the two. With Mesopotamia gaining all the wealth from agriculture and with a few natural defenses, this made the people susceptible to have more invasions and to have internal conflicts. Egypt on the other had didn’t have as many interruptions as Mesopotamia, because of the high mountains and deserts helped to protect the Nile Valley. In Egypt their main focus was the funerary practices. The rulers devoted their time to the design and decoration of extensive funerary complexes, as well as the pyramids and subterranean tombs. The Egyptian funerary practices were from Osiris, and his belief in the continuity of life after death. The dead would a “last judgment” that consisted of two tests done by Osiris and supervised by the god, Anubis. The artists of Mesopotamia and Egypt helped create the symbolic visual language. They depended on the natural color of their materials from the earth to get the colors they wanted. The artists during this time were very creative with not only paining on the
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