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This is one of my big projects that took me ages to finish...I think I started this around the summer last year.
Iīm so lazy....I just wanted to depict my fascination with the oriental cultures in the Bronze and Iron age.
Ok, basically seven oriental (more or less) cultures are represented by their art, famous sculptures, wall-paintings, gods, etc...:
-Indo-arians and Indus-valley culture (they have nothing to do with each other except that they lived both in India. I just wanted to do both.
I think it would be too much to name every single little picture that I drew, but here are some important ones:
Sumerians: The oldest "high culture" to build the first cities! The guy in the middle fighting with two bulls is of course Gilgamesch. Beside him is a Mountain goddess.
Babylonians: Iīm a huge Babylon fan. Mustīve been really great to see the city in all its splendour. The lion and the dragon are from the famous Ishtar-gate. In the middle we see Hammurabi receiving the laws from the Sun god. On the right from that you see Ishtar, goddess of love and war.
Egyptians: Who doesnīt love them!
On the very left you see a mythological theme, Air divides Sky from Earth (theyīre a couple), thus the world is created. In the middle we have Nofretete/Nefertiti and the second from the right is Tut-Anch-Amun.
Minoans: Another obsession of mine!
The Minoans were the Bronze Age inhabitants of Kreta, they build up a "high culture" long before the Greek came. They even had a canal-system! And the wall-paintings in Knossos are just amazing...in the middle we see two people (itīs not clear if theyīre male or female) jumping over a bull, left to that is the so called "Snake-goddess". The second from the right is the famous "Prince of the lillies".
Hittites: Yeah, guess what, another obsession I cherish.
The Hittites were just as powerful as the Egyptians but far more unknown. They were the first to work with iron.
On the very left we have the winged sun, smybol of the king. The woman standing on the small lion is Ishtar again (Yope, they stole her from the Babylonians). And on the left two nice sphinxes.
Assyrians: More or less the heirs of the Babylonians, concerning power. On the left we see the Dragon Tiamat, symbolizing chaos. Right to that we have one of the famous winged bulls. And on the very right we have the king Sargon, next to him the Fish-god Dagon.
Indo-arians/Indus-valley culture: The Indus-valley-culture is another fascinating Bronze Age culture that was far more "developed" than one usually thinks. They lived in huge cities, with huge appartments (for that time), also with a canal system, a well in every house, etc.
On the left we see the indian god Shiva, next to him Kali. In the middle thereīs some Indus-valley-art: one of the mysterious clay-seils with the undeciffred script, a figurine that is interpreted as mother goddess.
Phuuuh, thatīs it! Here are some links with details:[link][link][link][link][link][link][link][link]
If you have any questions to any culture/picture or want another detail uploaded, just ask me!