Title

Figurines, Images and Representations Used in Ritual Practices

Abstract

Discusses the use of images – statuary, figurines, paintings, and so on -- in a variety of ritual practices in the Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds. The chapter surveys uses of images chronologically to show several themes: images used to “force” a god to accomplish something; images meant simply to receive or witnessing the performance of a ritual; and the nature and function of iconographic representation itself. The essential ritual function of images in ancient ritual offer an important context for uses of figurines and statuary in more private ritual contexts.

Publisher

Brill

Publication Date

4-4-2019

Department

Classics

Additional Department

Archaeological Studies

Document Type

Book Chapter

DOI

10.1163/9789004390751_019

Notes

Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World

Part 3: The Materials of Ancient Magic, Chapter 18

ISBN

9789004171572

Language

English

Format

text

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