Akkadian Ruler Vs Agamemnon Essay

Head of an Akkadian Ruler Vs. Funerary Mask of ‘Agamemnon’
Comparing two sculptures can be overwhelming. The two pieces of artworks I have chosen are both heads of former rulers, each of them coming from a different empire. Nobody knows who made each of these artworks. The first sculpture for comparison is the head of an Akkadian ruler also known as the “Head of Sargon the Great”(). The second sculpture is to be compared and contrasted with is the Mask of Agamemnon. Both being the same type of artwork could have been made in different techniques, have different stories, and many more. While the two sculptures may look boring and emotionless, the Head of an Akkadian Ruler shows the strength and leadership that Sargon once had, and the Funerary Mask of ‘Agamemnon’ displays how the people of Mycenae
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The sculpture was created after the first ruler of the Semitic-speaking Akkadian Empire, conquering the Sumerian City in the 24th to 23rd centuries BC. He wasn’t just the king of the Akkadian Empire and Sumerian City, but also the king of Kish. He was known as a legendary figure in the 8th to 7th BC. The head represented as a substitution meaning if the sculpture was to be damaged, the king himself would also be harmed. The sculpture was originally made as a whole body until it had fallen over. The head of Sargon is currently located in the Iraq Museum, in Baghdad. The funerary mask of Agamemnon assumes to be made during the 1550-1500 BC. The artwork was found in Grave Circle A, Mycenae by Heinrich Schliemann. Schliemann believed it belonged to Agamemnon but later realized that the mask was placed about three hundred years before Agamemnon was a alive. Although the mask may not be Agamemnon, the sculpture is still being called the Mask of Agamemnon. The mask is currently located in the National Archaeological Museum located in

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