From Alexandria to Tyros: The Egyptian Character of the Hellenistic Figurines from Kharayeb

In: Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas

Abstract

The Egyptianising terracotta figurines from Kharayeb, a shrine that is dated between the seventh and first centuries BCE, and it is located in the hinterland of Tyros, is analysed in order to show that the Egyptian influence was probably limited to the adoption of some technical, artistic and iconographic elements, without more significant religious implications. The recent study and reassessment of this Hellenistic figurine assemblage offers the opportunity to explore the “Alexandrian phenomenon” in the local coroplastic production, while the comparison with other classes of artefacts gives insights into the society, economy and art of this part of the Mediterranean during the formation of the so-called “Hellenistic world”.

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