Universitatea „Lucian Blaga“ din Sibiu, Facultatea de Ştiinţe Socio-Umane
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2 / 2015
The Body in Ancient Mesopotamia
Mesopotamian art is still undergoing an intense deconstruction process. Within the syntax of this language, the body has a special meaning due to its contextual polysemy. Experts are trying to penetrate the semantic labyrinth of Sumerian texts with the aid of such concepts as the body of god, the body of the king, the body of the city, in which the heart-mind-body holism plays a decisive part. Upon careful analysis, the male nude covers an impressive array of attributes, from the divine or heroic to the pre-civilizational. Additionally, the holistic and creative overtones which the term entails in its various linguistic derivations manage to perfect the all-encompassing meaning of bodily identity, completing its entirety and integrity.
Keywords: Uruk/Warka vase, sumerian terms, gendered body, body-mind, anatomic gender, socio-cultural gender, heroic nude.
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