A Phoenician bearded male mask from Tel Akko

Martha K. Risser, Rachel Ben-Dov, Ragna Stidsing, Jane C. Skinner, Michal Artzy, Ann E. Killebrew

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    A ninth-century Phoenician mold-made terracotta mask of an idealized, bearded adult male was found recently during archaeological excavations at Tel Akko. Similar masks have been found at other sites in the Levant and on Cyprus. The context of the Akko mask is a secondary fill in the area of the tel with a long tradition of metal-working. Items recovered with the mask include fragments of figurines and other cult-related items, as well as pottery. This paper provides a discussion of the mask, its archaeological context, and ways in which it may have been used.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEx Oriente Lux
    Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Honour of Jolanta Młynarczyk
    PublisherWarsaw University
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9788323541073
    ISBN (Print)9788323540991
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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    • Akko
    • Mask
    • Metalworking
    • Phoenicia
    • Phoenician cult

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities (all)
    • Social Sciences (all)


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