Head of Sargon vs. Mask of King Tutankhamen

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Joseph Hampson

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Head of Sargon vs. Mask of King Tutankhamen

The Mesopotamian and Egyptian culture share a great number of commonalities. Among these commonalities, artwork in particular helped to illustrate the parallels between the two cultures. From 2d art, to sculptures and even in architecture, the Egyptians and Mesopotamians were very similar. However, despite these similarities, there are clear differences that can be drawn between the two cultures and their artistic achievements. Two sculptures from the two societies, the head of Akkadian and the mask of king Tutankhamen, illustrate some of the key differences and similarities of the two cultures. First we will cover the key elements of design in the two pieces, then we will cover the possible cultural significance of the two sculptures. Finally we will discuss the main differences and similarities between the two pieces, and how they ultimately relate to each other.

The Head of Akkadian Ruler, which is suspected to be Sargon, is rife with various design elements that help to define it. The most notable thing about it initially is the lack of color present. The dark bronze itself is a beautiful color and create a sense of power and dominance, as it is very rich and yet somewhat harsh. The next notable element is the sheer level of intricacy involved in its design, or the lines present within it. The entire beard and hair the Akkadian ruler is made up of extremely thin lines formed by impressions that define each hair. Furthermore, the hat that the ruler wears is made up of what looks to be a woven material, which is also made of lines. What is most striking about these elements, however, is the repetition used in defining these various shapes. The direction of the lines helps to define the individual sections of the hair and hat, each line direction staying consistent within the section it is helping to define. This not only creates a sense of harmony, but also symmetry...