AP Art History : Understanding terminology that describes Near Eastern sculpture

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Example Question #1 : Understanding Terminology That Describes Near Eastern Sculpture

Which one of the following cannot be found in the Palette of King Narmer?

Possible Answers:

Animal symbolism

Hieratic scale

Hieroglyphic inscription

Composite pose

Atmospheric perspective

Correct answer:

Atmospheric perspective

Explanation:

Hieratic scale is demonstrated by Narmer's overwhelming stature in comparison to the figures around him. Phonetic hieroglyphs at the center top of each side identify the name of the king. The bull symbolizes the power of the king. Many figures are portrayed in the composite pose: heads and legs are shown in profile while eyes and torsos are rendered frontally.

Example Question #2 : Understanding Terminology That Describes Near Eastern Sculpture

What medium was known for producing the Egyptian Blue sculptures of Ancient Egypt?

Possible Answers:

Lapis Lazuli

Turquoise

Terracotta

Faience

Ceramic

Correct answer:

Faience

Explanation:

Faience is the glazed medium that is responsible for the Egyptian Blue found in many Egyptian sculptures. Though Lapis Lazuli is known for its ultramarine color, similar to faience, it was not used often due to its scarcity.

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