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Female figurines from the Mut Precinct : context and ritual function

"Elizabeth A. Waraksa examines the ceramic female figurines excavated by John Hopkins at the Precinct of Mut in Luxor, Egypt between 2001 and 2004. The figurines date from the New Kingdom to the Late Period (ca. 1550-332 BCE). Ceramic figurines are frequently overlooked by archaeologists, art historians, and social historians because the lack the aesthetic qualities usually associated wit Egyptian art. However, the Hopkins-excavated figurines display features that mark them as standardized ritual objects. Waraksa argues that ceramic female figurines were produced in Workshops, utilized by magician/physicians in healing rituals, and regularly snapped and discarded at the end of their effective "lives". This is a new, broader interpretation for objects that have previously been considered as toys, dolly, concubine figures, and - most recently - votive "fertility figurines"."--Publisher's website
Print Book, English, ©2009
Academic Press ; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Fribourg, Göttingen, ©2009
xi, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9783727816536, 9783525534564, 3727816538, 3525534566
Introduction to the site and typology. Introduction ; Background to female figurine studies ; Typology of the mut precinct female figurines
Materials and manufacture of female figurines. Introduction to the technical study ; Manufacture of the figurines ; Standardization and distribution of the figurines ; Material & color symbolism and iconographic remarks
Textual sources for interpreting clay figurines. Introduction to the textual study ; Magico-medical texts calling for female figures of clay ; Additional magico-medical texts calling for objects of sin(t)
"This monograph is a revised version of a Ph. D. dissertation submitted to the Johns Hopkins University in 2007"--Foreword, p.ix
Abstract in German and English