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Terracottas in Early Complex Societies: Sumer, Babylonia, Syria, Egypt and Canaan (<i>c</i>. 3000–1150 <span class="smallCaps">bc</span>)

P. R. S. Moorey

in Idols of the People

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780197262801
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734526 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262801.003.0002

Series: Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology

Terracottas in Early Complex Societies: Sumer, Babylonia, Syria, Egypt and Canaan (c. 3000–1150 bc)

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This chapter provides contrasts in the terracotta imagery of Canaan, Israel and Judah. This is followed by an examination on the emergence of nude female images in early urban societies in Sumer, (c.3000–2100 bc). The chapter then investigates the ‘nude female’ in Babylonia (c.2100–1650 bc), the migration of the one-piece open-mould technology to Syria, terracotta imagery in Canaan and the Egyptian connection. Finally it looks at terracotta plaques in Canaan during the Late Bronze Age (c.1650–1150 bc) and the Canaanite terracotta legacy in the first millennium bc (Iron Age).

Keywords: terracotta imagery; Canaan; Israel; Judah; nude female images; Babylonia; Syrian; Egypt; terracotta plaques

Chapter.  9684 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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