Iron Age Terracotta Figurines from the Southern Levant in Context


This interdisciplinary volume is a ‘one-stop location’ for the most up-to-date scholarship on Southern Levantine figurines in the Iron Age. The essays address terracotta figurines attested in the Southern Levant from the Iron Age through the Persian Period (1200–333 BCE). The volume deals with the iconography, typology, and find context of female, male, animal, and furniture figurines and discusses their production, appearance, and provenance, including their identification and religious functions. While giving priority to figurines originating from Phoenicia, Philistia, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine, the volume explores the influences of Egyptian, Anatolian, Mesopotamian, and Mediterranean (particularly Cypriot) iconography on Levantine pictorial material.

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Erin D. Darby is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee and Co-director of the ʿAyn Gharandal Archaeological Project. Among her publications is the monograph Interpreting Judean Pillar Figurines: Gender and Empire in Judean Apotropaic Ritual (Tübingen, 2014).

Izaak J. de Hulster is Privatdozent at the Theological Faculty of the Georg-August-University Göttingen (Germany) and docent at the Theological Faculty of the University of Helsinki (Finland). He is Associate Director of the Tel Abel Beth Maacah Excavations and has published several monographs and edited volumes, including Figurines in Achaemenid Period Yehud: Jerusalem’s History of Religion and Coroplastics in the Monotheism Debate (Tübingen, 2017).
"En résumé, cet ouvrage fait le point sur de nombreux dossiers en cours. L’approche est originale puisqu’elle permet d’appréhender ce matériel de manière globale. En effet, les différentes enquêtes ne se résument pas à une présentation typologique de ces terres cuites, mais insistent toutes sur la matérialité et la destination de ces images, ainsi que sur leurs contextes d’utilisation. Chaque contribution accorde une large place à la méthodologie suivie, ce qui guide commodément le lecteur et lui donne matière à réflexion. Au total, il s’agit d’un ouvrage nécessaire sur la coroplathie levantine."
- Estelle Galbois, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2022.05.12

"This important collection of essays provides a cutting-edge update of available southern Levantine figurines from the Iron Age until the Persian Period (1200–333 BCE). Focusing on the material profile of each find, a clarification of the typology and classification of each object is provided—as either female, male, animal, or furniture figurines—together with a description of their production, appearance, and provenance."
- Sandra Jacobs, in The Society for Old Testament Study Book List 2022
List of Figures and Tables

1 Introduction
Erin D. Darby and Izaak J. de Hulster

2 Iron Age Terracotta Figurines from the Levant: A Comparative and Iconographic Perspective
Izaak J. de Hulster

3 A Technical Perspective on Some Iron Age Pillar Figures from Cyprus and the Levant
Annie Caubet

4 Anthropomorphic Figurines from Iron Age II Phoenicia
Astrid Nunn

5 Iron Age Figurines from Philistia
David Ben-Shlomo

6 Iron Age Figurines from Philistia and Phoenicia: A Response
Margaret Cohen

7 Judahite Pillar Figurines: More Questions than Answers
Robert Deutsch

8 Sex in the City? Judean Pillar Figurines and the Archaeology of Jerusalem
Erin D. Darby

9 Response to Darby and Deutsch
Beth Alpert Nakhai

10 Molds and Mold-Links: A Close View on the Female Terracotta Figurines from Iron Age II Transjordan
Regine Hunziker-Rodewald

11 Astarte on Her Horse at Khirbat al-Mudayna in Northern Moab
P.M. Michèle Daviau and Emily Zeran

12 Response to Hunziker-Rodewald and Daviau and Zeran
Margreet L. Steiner

13 The Iron Age Terracotta Figurines from Cyprus
Erin Walcek Averett

14 Iron Age Figurines from Syria
Alexander Pruss

15 Coroplastic Figural Art in Egypt during the Late Period (664–332 BC)
Veit Vaelske

All interested in ancient Near Eastern culture and figurines, in particular in the Iron Age Southern Levant – and, being an important context of the biblical writings, also biblical scholars.
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