Visual Formula and Meaning in Neo-Assyrian Relief Sculpture

Ataç, Mehmet-Ali
March 2006
Art Bulletin;Mar2006, Vol. 88 Issue 1, p69
Academic Journal
The article examines the visual formulas and iconography in Neo-Assyrian relief sculpture. It argues the existence of emblematic or semiotic element of Egyptian and Mesopotamian art in their visual records. Instances of chiasmus occurs in the ancient Egyptian visual record in association with the dual rhetoric of kingship. Neo-Assyrian relief iconography is an expression of Assyrian imperial ideology, historical documentation and the idea that the king is a bridge between the human and the divine.


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