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
PublisherUniversity of Warsaw Press
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

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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