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Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Admiral 08-24-2017


Yet another picture hunt prompted by Photobucket rodeo. Had parts of it saved since earlier. Given the strong ancient Mesopotamian basis for Chaos Dwarfs, this should be of interest to most folks around here.

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Bronze age Mitanni pictures were included since parts of their territory encompassed northern Mesopotamia. Urartu (ancient Armenia) has been included as a bonus, the reason of which should be evident in the pictures displaying strong Mesopotamian influences, besides constant wars between the highland Urartians and the lowland Assyrians. Most Urartu art are by talented artist Rubik Kocharian (born 1940), a treasure hoard of fine illustrations for an age and culture usually skimmed over.

Since most etchings and drawings from the 19th century are well known and well-circulated, they were not included in this collection. It's recent art shared across the Internet that's in peril, plus some peripheral older pieces not widely known yet made accessible online nevertheless.

A few historical fantasy pieces made it into this collection. Likewise, the Biblical depiction of the prophet Jonah in Nineveh (a comic tale of a failed prophet) and the Biblical depiction of Nebuchadnezzar II have been included where artists have been reasonably accurate with dress or architecture. For flow, the Biblical illustrations were kept together, bar that of Abraham smashing idols. All Nebuchadnezzar II depictions have been included in the Biblical illustration section.

For the best experience, I recommend that you listen to HBO Rome Intro Music (1 hour loop) while looking through these images, or something similar, for that atmosphere. Or perhaps this one, for the whiplash sounds?

And speaking of videos:





Enter the cradle of civilization.

Enter a realm of mysticism and sun-baked clay, of mud and sun, of irrigation canals and lush grain fields, of kings and slaves, of twin rivers and a maelstrom of tribes and cities vying for control of a rich land that was the envy of the world.

Enter a world of dazzling beauty and crudeness, of learning and labour, of family and cruelty, of gods and demons.

Enter a world of wars, endless wars, where cities are sacked and their charred ruins remain abandoned forever in the blowing desert sands.

Enter ancient Mesopotamia.





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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Forgefire 08-24-2017

That next to last image is pretty damn epic! Good work, nice references to work with!

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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Carcearion 08-24-2017

Excellent stuff! Great to see these depictions of the the ancient world.


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Ghrask Dragh 08-24-2017

I'm just glad I made it to the bottom of the page HappyWink


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Abecedar 08-24-2017

Lovely illustrations


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Bloodbeard 08-25-2017

Another behemoth post! Very nice collection you've done here Admiral.


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Grimstonefire 08-26-2017

I particularly like the bottom two on that, very atmospheric!!


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)t5p1ny 08-30-2017

there's a whole lot of great reference material here! thank you!


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)AtomTaylor 09-11-2017

Lots of colourful painting ideas & options too. Wink


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Admiral 12-05-2017

Hehe, those ancients sure loved their colour.


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Dînadan 12-05-2017

Admiral Wrote:
Hehe, those ancients sure loved their colour.


Yep, don’t know if Mesopotamia was the same with their statues/sculpture, but Greco-Roman ones, which today we’re used to seeing as bare marble were actually garishly painted when they were originally made; but unlike the underlying stone, the paints haven’t stood the test of time and have been eroded away over the intervening years.


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Admiral 12-10-2017

Videos

Thorsteinn Gislason got inspired during August by seeing the above image collection, and put together these evocative videos with images of the ancient Near East: parts 1, 2 & 3.

Also, on the subject of videos:

The City of U-r

The City of Babylon





@Dînadan: This was a quiet universal feature of human artistic creativity from early times. If someone went to great lengths to carve or otherwise design an intricate item of some size, it was natural to add paint to it if possible. Especially as paint was a prestige goods, and strong paints truly stood out from the drab colours of mundane life back before synthetic dyes.

We as wargame hobbyists can relate to this, I'm sure; would you rather have grey plastic or a painted army?

One major point of creating statuary art was to capture the living likeness of someone in eternal stone. Ergo, paint was a given extension of this creativity for the most part, even where it was only sparsely used (such as a little colour to the eyes, eyebrows, lips and hair of a marble bust to enhance the natural beauty of the marble with coloured details).

Whether garish or subtle, stone statues got their lick of the brush in far-spread locations, and one would assume that wooden and ivory carvings often were decorated with paint as well in many cultures, where paint was available and could be afforded. Many Egyptian statuettes still hold a lot of paint, and in well-shaded parts of some temples, paint still lingers in locations, faded and worn but yet visible to the naked eye. Likewise, paint was no stranger to Mesopotamian statuary:


Indian statuary is painted to this day.


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Fuggit Khan 12-10-2017

I think that this has evolved into my most favorite thread here on CDO Respect to the Hat!
Superb collection of pics, thank you Admiral for taking the time and effort to share this wealth of information and knowledge


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Admiral 09-30-2018

Thank you kindly, Fuggit!

Updated with this fantastical depiction of Nineveh by Joel Chaim Holtzman:


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RE: Illustrations of Ancient Mesopotamia (2017 Image Salvage)Abecedar 09-30-2018

I was going to say... You obviously are not spending enough time on your GH entry and then I got to the bottom of the page and saw it wasn't a new thread.

Great going through the images again though.


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Babylon as depicted in Intolerance (1916)Admiral 10-01-2018

Cheers Abecedar! Probably too busy commission sculpting to get time for the contest, but we'll see about that. Happy

Babylon scenes from Intolerance (1916)


The movie director D.W. Griffith's strange and highly expensive film Intolerance from 1916 is to date the only movie featuring independent Babylon that I know of. Fantastical sets. There are elephant sculptures in there for some reason, but overall it looks rather brilliant in black-and-white, or perhaps aged sepia.

Check out its Babylon scenes sometime for the visuals! (The only Youtube videos with only-Babylon-scenes have atrocious video quality.)



















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