212 Module 2 Egypt and Mesopotamian Art Written Assignment Art and An Afterlife

As we study Egyptian and Mesopotamian Art, we see art which deals with Gods, and the belief in an afterlife.

We will be researching art that expresses a belief system concerned with an afterlife.

I want each student to research a religion :

Example: Buddhism

1. Write a brief essay 350 words considering the major tenets of the belief system.

2. Find two artworks that express that belief system :

Example :  


Portrait of a Lama


This sculpture is a portrait of Chos-kyi-rGal-mTshan, the Tibetan Panchen Lama who lived from 1570 to 1662 and was the teacher of the Fifth Dalai Lama. 

Great Stupa at Sanchi


The Great Stupa in Sanchi, India was originally built by the ruler Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BCE. The center of this stupa boasted of a plain hemispherical brick like structure. This structure was laid to over the remains of the Buddha.

Sanchi Great Stupa also features an attractive and magnificent chhatra.

This chhatra has a parasol-like structure. It symbolizes high rank. It is believed that this Chhatra was constructed to honor and shelter the remains.

Explain the particular importance of the artwork:

A. What is it made of, how big is the work, date, etc.?

B. What is the meaning behind the work?

You must choose a different religion than your own.

This will be different than the discussion, which represents your own beliefs.




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