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Ex Oriente Lux by LalaAdanwenB Ex Oriente Lux by LalaAdanwenB
Download is a must!:)

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...:

-Sumerians
-Babylonians
-Egyptians
-Minoans
-Hittites
-Assyrians
-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!:heart: 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.:aww: 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:
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If you have any questions to any culture/picture or want another detail uploaded, just ask me!:)
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FinalVirucide Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing. I love your representation of ancient civilizations all rolled into one. :)
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LalaAdanwenB Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012   General Artist
Thank you very much!:aww: :heart:
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Amaranthine-Moon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Splendid!! The coloring looks so royal and rich!! Are you sure weren't born in the ancient times? or had a past life? Because your knowledge and respect for the ancient worlds are amazing!!
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LalaAdanwenB Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   General Artist
Thanks!:aww: I took the colour scheme from the Babylonian Ishtar-gate, Iīve always been fascinated with that rich blue together with the gold and orange. Glad to hear that it has that effect!!!:meow:
Yes, I think I mustīve been reborn several times now, having been a Celt, a Germanic, a Babylonian, a Hittite and a Phoenician, at least!!;):D When I think of how much there is to know about all these cultures and languages I get really sad that I certainly canīt know it all!:nod:
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Amaranthine-Moon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear that there are some people like you who really think that knowledge is power and has such a respect other cultures! :nod:
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LalaAdanwenB Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   General Artist
Thanks, thatīs a really nice thing to say - especially since most people I know donīt understand why I learn languages just for the sake of knowledge or why anyone would study something where you canīt make much money.:( So itīs really appreciated!:aww: :hug:
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PinkUnicornPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!! this is amazing!!
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plt25 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. This is freaking amazing. Your knowledge of the ancient world is staggering. I would love just to buy you whatever you are drinking these days and pick your brain for hours!

On a side note, I read that there was a big Varrus exhibition going on in Germany that looked incredible. Did you check it out?
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LalaAdanwenB Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009   General Artist
:rofl: :rofl:
You´ll turn me into a vain snob one of these days...I guess that´s the revenge for the jealousy then...*g* But seriously, I know that I know nothing!:) And that nothing I´d love to share...so please attack my brains whenever you have a fork in hand.=P

Oh yes, I read a lot about that! I´m such an Arminius-fan.;)
I haven´t been there yet but I plan to go there in August...I think there are three exhibitions, I hope I can visit at least two.:) Actually it´s quite near to where I will be excavating, so my parents suggested to combine those two travels. I´ll give you a detailed report when I´ve checked it!:)
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plt25 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll be waiting!
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