The Discovery Of The Bull Essay

1182 Words Dec 10th, 2015 null Page
Ancient Mesopotamia was home to many artistic and mechanical developments. This was due to the emerging civilizations in the fourth millennium BCE. Among these creations, archaeologists discovered musical instruments, which were carefully crafted by Sumerian artists. One of the most acclaimed artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia is the Bull-Headed Lyre. The discovery of the Bull-Headed Lyre has reinvented the way that history professionals evaluate early human civilization. Conducting a visual analysis of the Bull-Headed Lyre, evaluating its discovery, and analyzing its representation of wealth can generate conclusions about the people of Ur and the culture in which they lived. Dating back to ca. 2600-2400 BCE, There is a lot of meaning behind the Bull-Headed Lyre. The bullhead is a representation of the sun god, Shamash, “the divine judge who shines light on all things” (“Lyre”). This is the only god that can enter the underworld and return to earth, which corresponds to the Sumerian’s belief in an afterlife (“Lyre”). Due to this, it is reasonable that the four registers on the front of the sound box signify a funereal ritual. The first register depicts a man grasping on to a composite creature, part man part bull, on both his left and right side. This may signify a victory. The second register displays a dog walking with a table that has animal remains on top. A lion is holding a canister and follows behind the dog. This scene may represent one’s eternal wealth in food and…

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