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Ed. by Novák, Mirko / Hazenbos, Joost / Mittermayer, Catherine / Suter, Claudia E.

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Volume 39, Issue 2


The Emperor’s New Clothes: Textiles, Gender and Mesopotamian Foundation Figurines

Agnès Garcia-Ventura
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Institut Universitari d’Història Jaume Vicens Vive, Barcelona, Spanien
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Published Online: 2013-07-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/aofo.2012.0016


This paper concentrates on two groups of Mesopotamian foundation figurines bearing textile remains and impressions, one found at Tello (ancient Girsu), the other at Nippur (ca. 2100–2000 BCE). Addressing this material from the perspective of gender studies, two main topics are analysed. On the one hand, some aspects related to the production and consumption of the textiles adhering to some of the foundation figurines are addressed, as these facets are not usually mentioned when foundation deposits are analysed. On the other hand, the possible masculine or feminine identities of the figurines are considered. The article concludes with a discussion of the visibility of women’s work and the influence of Western gender preconceptions in the analysis of the archaeological record, particularly when considering foundation figurines.

Keywords: Provincial Structure; foundation figurines; gender; Nippur; Tello

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Published Online: 2013-07-26

Published in Print: 2012-12-01

Citation Information: Altorientalische Forschungen, Volume 39, Issue 2, Pages 235–253, ISSN (Print) 0232-8461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/aofo.2012.0016.

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