Judean pillar figurines and “bed Models” from tell en-Nasb eh: Typology and Petrographic analysis

David Ben-Shlomo, Lauren K. McCormick

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Abstract

This article discusses the Judean Pillar Figurines found in Tell en-Nasḅ eh. The site yielded the highest number of these Iron Age II figurines after Jerusalem. Our study focuses on the significance of this distribution, the contexts in which the figurines were found at the site, as well as a compositional (petrographic) analysis of their clay. Fifteen anthropomorphic figurines as well as five “bed models” were analyzed by thin section petrography. The results indicate these objects were not made of the commonly used local clay and were probably not locally produced at Tell en-Nasḅ eh, though other types of clay objects were. The possibility that the figurines were produced in Jerusalem is discussed, as well as the implications of these results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-46
Number of pages24
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
Volume386
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Bed models
  • Domestic cult
  • Iron Age II
  • Jerusalem
  • Judah
  • Judean Pillar Figurines
  • Petrography

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