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Ashkelon 4

The Iron Age Figurines of Ashkelon and Philistia

by Michael D. Press

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In this volume, Dr. Michael D. Press publishes the complete Iron Age corpus of terracotta anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines from the Leon Levy Expedition. Adapting a methodology of typology, iconography, and iconology, Press lays out his theoretical framework for analyzing and understanding the figurines of Ashkelon and those from Philistine cultures. Throughout this study, which covers nearly six centuries of Philistine life, the well-dated archaeological contexts of the figurines are stressed as much as their form and decoration. With an uncanny eye for form and detail, Press succeeds in changing our understanding of Philistine iconography while providing a model of method and theory that could be applied to the coroplastic art of many cultures.

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Publisher: Harvard Semitic Museum / Eisenbrauns
Publication date: 2012
Bibliographic info: xiv + 264 pages
Language(s): English


Cover: Cloth
Trim Size: 8.5 x 11 inches



The catalogue is admirable for its clarity, and provides explanation of the meanings of registration numbers and find-spot information, helping to lock in the material contextually with the work of the expedition. An index of entries is also included in the work. . . . The monograph is highly commendable for its scientific rigour and for providing a solid basis for further study. — Josef Mario Briffa, Strata 32 (2014)

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