Interpreting Judean Pillar Figurines: Gender and Empire in by Erin Darby

By Erin Darby

Judean pillar collectible figurines are some of the most universal ritual items from Iron II Israel. those small terracotta women have acquired loads of scholarly cognizance, showing in discussions approximately Israelite faith, monotheism, and women's perform. but the collectible figurines are nonetheless poorly understood. smooth interpreters attach the collectible figurines with goddesses, well known faith, and ladies yet usually base their arguments at the presumed importance of the collectible figurines' breasts and the Hebrew Bible. against this, archaeological context is usually overshadowed or oversimplified. In an try and deal with those difficulties and to appreciate figurine rituals in Jerusalem, Erin Darby evaluates proper close to jap texts, archaeological context, biblical texts, and close to jap iconography. She additionally explores alterations in figurine iconography, the functionality of the collectible figurines in rituals of therapeutic and safety and the gender of figurine users.

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