Sculpture in the Ancient World


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How is sculpture ''in the round'' different from sculpture ''in-relief''?

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1. Why did Egyptians put small statues in the pyramids?

2. Why might a Mesopotamian sculptor depict a ruler or priest with a long beard?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet assess the breadth of your knowledge when it comes to ancient sculptures. The quiz will ask you to identify different cultures, such as the culture that focused on capturing human beauty realistically in their sculpture and the culture that focused on heroism and power.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these assessment resources to evaluate your knowledge of:

  • Definition of sculpture in relief
  • The culture that decorated pyramids with sculpture
  • Culture which depicted rulers and priests standing in as deputies before gods
  • Culture where sculptors focused on creating realistic sculpture based upon the human form
  • Culture to immortalize heroism and victory in sculpture

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills when you work through the quiz and the worksheet:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the term sculpture in relief
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you gained regarding the ancient culture that use sculpture to decorate pyramids
  • Knowledge application - Use your knowledge to answer questions about the culture that sculpted priests and rulers as representatives before the gods

Additional Learning

Learn more about ancient sculpture by visiting the lesson titled Sculpture in the Ancient World. It covers these important objectives:

  • Define sculpture
  • Identify the oldest known sculpture
  • Explore the use of sculpture by the ancient Egyptians
  • Recognize the subjects Mesopotamians typically portrayed in sculpture
  • Discover the three periods of Greek sculpture and how they differed
  • Understand how Roman sculpture related to Greek sculpture and how it evolved over time