Egypt and Philistia in the Iron Age I: The case of the Philistine lotus flower

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Abstract

The article discusses the presence of Egyptian motifs and styles in Philistine pottery. Certain Philistine vessels display an Egyptianized decorative scheme dominated by a lotus flower motif. While these vessels have been previously recognized, their Egyptian parallels are presented here for the first time. The Egyptian prototypes are both regionally and chronologically restricted, as well as limited to mortuary contexts, while the Philistine adaptations of the Egyptian style appear in a variety of contexts and vessel-types. The process by which the Philistine potter incorporated the Egyptian style can be reconstructed in more than one way, as discussed in the conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-37
Number of pages18
JournalTel Aviv
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Egyptian pottery
  • Philistine pottery
  • Philistine settlement
  • Pottery decoration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology

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