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Volume 42, Issue 1


Houses of Ivory: The Consumption of Ivories in the Iron Age Levant

Marian H. Feldman
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Published Online: 2016-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/aofo-2015-0009


Study of Levantine ivories has focused overwhelmingly on stylistic classification in pursuit of attribution to specific locations of production. This focus has had the effect of overlooking a consideration of the uses of ivories in the Levant as a whole. Starting from ivories found in predominately Levantine cultural contexts at Zincirli, Ḥamāh and Tall Ḥalaf, this paper examines the range of genres and forms of ivory objects consumed by Iron Age Levantine communities. As parts of furnishings, containers, toiletry items, and military gear, ivory played a central role in the display of elite Iron Age Levantine identities, both in life and death.

Keywords: Levantine Ivories; Iron Age Levant; Zincirli; Samʾal; Ḥamāh; Ḫamat; Tall Ḥalaf; Guzāna; Consumption Practices


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Published Online: 2016-03-11

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Citation Information: Altorientalische Forschungen, Volume 42, Issue 1, Pages 97–111, ISSN (Online) 2196-6761, ISSN (Print) 0232-8461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/aofo-2015-0009.

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