Art of the Ancient Near East: Periods & Characteristics


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Which of the following is a characteristic of the art of the Ancient Near East?

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1. Which of the following established a dynasty in 539 BCE; experimented with new art forms like metalwork, stone mosaics, woven art, and illuminated manuscripts; and built elaborate cities and complex reliefs?

2. Which of the following developed cuneiform writing and focused on religion in their sculptures, cylinder seals, ziggaruts, and steles?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When examining the artwork of the ancient world, one particular area of note is the Ancient Near East--modern day Turkey, Iran and surrounding areas. You can test your understanding of ancient Near Eastern art with this online assessment. Some information you'll be tested on include Ancient Near Eastern cultures and characteristics of their art.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Qualities of Ancient Near Eastern art
  • Early dynasties and their art
  • Cuneiform writing
  • Hammurabi and art
  • The Victory Stele of Naram-Sin

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the various cultures of the Ancient Near East and the types of artwork that these cultures produced
  • Distinguishing differences - make sure that you understand the characteristics of Ancient Near Eastern art forms well enough to differentiate one group from another
  • Knowledge application - use what you have learned to answer a question about cuneiform writing and the use of religion in artwork

Additional Learning

To learn more about Ancient Near Eastern art, review the corresponding lesson titled Art of the Ancient Near East: Periods and Characteristics . This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The Ancient Near East
  • Characteristics of artwork
  • Cultural groups of the Ancient Near East