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Art Appreciation Analysis: Two Works of Ancient Art from the Metropolitan Museum

Visit the following websites and explore the collections of Ancient Art there:

- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Louvre Museum
- The Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery and Sackler Gallery

From the gallery websites listed above, select two works of art from any ancient culture. Using the terminology and concepts you are learning for evaluating art, compare and contrast the two works including materials used, style, meaning, symbolism, and any other aesthetic issues. Explain how the works of art fit into the context of the time period. Keep in mind that only art works that fit into the period of Ancient Art (created between 30,000 BCE- 500 CE) will be accepted.

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The place of these earrings in the history of Indian art is assured, not only for their intrinsic beauty, but also because of the light they shed on the superb quality of gold-smithing early in this region. Early Indian statues of both male and female figures were usually portrayed wearing elaborate jewelry that sometimes seemed fanciful, since very little comparable jewelry from that period survives. The discovery of this pair of earrings provided the first tangible evidence that the jewelry depicted by sculptors was in fact based on real models, for a very similar pair is shown on a first century B.C. relief portrait of a "Universal Ruler" (chakravartin), from Jaggayapeta.

These earrings, judging from their material worth, excellence of craftsmanship, and use of royal emblems (a winged lion and an elephant) as part of their design, were most probably made as royal commissions. Each earring is composed of two rectangular, bud-like forms growing outward from a central, double-stemmed tendril. The elephant and the lion of ...

Solution Summary

One ancient work from India and one ancient work from China from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are described and analyzed. References are included, as well as an attachment file (Word document) with images of the art pieces selected.