Artworks of the Ancient Near East: Materials, Forms & Functions


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Which of the following was a material used by Ancient Near Eastern artists?

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1. Which of the following are stone pillars or monuments that stand upright, pointing to the sky, and are usually covered in relief sculptures and inscriptions that commemorate an event or a ruler?

2. Which of the following are statues of men and women made of limestone, gypsum, or shell that were intended to represent a worshiper before a god?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The cultures of the ancient Near East developed a variety of different forms and functions for their artwork, which proved to be highly influential on the eventual development of art as a whole. This quiz will test you on the form and function of ancient Near Eastern art. You'll be tested on points from the lesson such as artistic forms and materials used in artwork.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Materials used in ancient Near Eastern art
  • Specific architectural forms
  • Types of statues
  • Musical instruments

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - check your recollection of the different types of artistic forms and functions used by artists in the ancient Near East
  • Defining key concepts - use the information in the attached lesson to define terms related to the types of art developed in the ancient Near East, such as stele, votive figure, and lyre
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the topic to identify the specific art forms, architectural techniques, and musical instruments that define the art of the ancient Near East

Additional Learning

To learn more about the art of the ancient Near East, review the corresponding lesson called Artworks of the Ancient Near East: Materials, Forms & Functions. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Art of the ancient Near East
  • Artistic materials
  • Artistic forms
  • Function of art