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Prehistoric Art

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This collection will focus on Prehistoric Art and take you through some of the most magnificent and interesting art from the era. My first resource is based upon Hittite Art. The hittites were a civilization in north-central Anatolia around 1600 BC. Many of the art pieces revolve around Hittite ritual practices. While this civilization left no written pieces, pictures are worth a thousand words and the art they left behind gives you a glimpse of what life was like in 1600 BC. 

The second resource is focused on the Venus of Willendorf, which is an 11.1 centimetre tall venus figurine which was estimated to have been built around 30,000 BC. The sculpture is depicting a naked woman. The exaggerated sexual features can be interpreted as a possible fertility fetish. 

The third resource revolves around ancient sculptures from Jordan.  These sculptures are rather mysterious and lack an sort of gender as well as some human features. The uniqueness and mystery surrounding them brings much attention to them. 

The fourth resource is about the Excavation of Persepolis. Archaeological evidence show that some of the earliest remains of Persepolis come from about 515 BC. It came from inscriptions on the wall of the palace that led archaeologists to believe that Darius 1 built the terrace and the palaces. Another great example of art leading to historical breakthroughs. 

The fifth resource is about the Excavation of Samarra, which is just north of Baghdad. Plenty of Female statuette and pottery were discovered from this excavation. 

The sixth and final resource is about the vicinity of nihavand. Attached are some art pieces from Nihavand. 


Works Cited:

Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Smithsonian Institution. “Smithsonian Learning Lab Resource: Ancient Sculptures from Jordan.” Smithsonian Learning Lab, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, 2 Nov. 2015. learninglab.si.edu/q/r/119934. Accessed 17 Feb. 2019.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution. “Smithsonian Learning Lab Resource: Excavation of Persepolis (Iran): Prehistoric Flint Tools [Drawing].” Smithsonian Learning Lab, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, 27 Oct. 2015. learninglab.si.edu/q/r/9002. Accessed 17 Feb. 2019.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution. “Smithsonian Learning Lab Resource: Vicinity of Nihavand (Iran): Two Daggers, from Prehistoric Mound of Tepe Giyan [Graphic].” Smithsonian Learning Lab, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, 3 Nov. 2015. learninglab.si.edu/q/r/224415. Accessed 17 Feb. 2019.

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For Resources 7-12 text will be attached to each picture explaining the significance.

Resources 13-18 will be attached with captions to the pictures explaining the significance and how it relates to some of what we have learned and the overall theme as well. 

Hittite stele and rabbit. Photo, Bell. Corpus, p1.Ivb [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Cast Of The Willendorf Venus

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Ancient Sculptures from Jordan

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Excavation of Persepolis (Iran): Prehistoric Flint Tools [drawing]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Excavation of Samarra (Iraq): Study Prints of Various Prehistoric Pottery and Beads

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Vicinity of Nihavand (Iran): Two Daggers, from Prehistoric Mound of Tepe Giyan [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Study for "Early Christian Prisoners"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Studio Portrait: Nestorian Christian Family [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

At Luebo [graphic] : The Catholic Church

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

A Christian subject: The Madonna and Child

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Calling of St. Peter

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Pottery Stand

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Riverside Church

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Our Pony

National Museum of American History

Portrait of Frank Currier [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum