Figurines, Images and Representations Used in Ritual Practices
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.
Wilburn, Andrew T. "Figurines, Images and Representations Used in Ritual Practices." In Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic, edited by David Frankfurter, 456-506. Leiden: Brill, 2019.
Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World
Part 3: The Materials of Ancient Magic, Chapter 18