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Terracottas in the News. A Bronze-Age Terracotta Figurine Discovered by a Seven-Year-Old Boy

Jaimee Uhlenbrock

Abstract

A seven-year-old boy discovered a late Bronze-Age plaque figurine in the Jordan Valley.

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1Many news outlets, including CNN, NBC, The Times of Israel, Haaretz, and The Nation, among others, reported on the discovery on February 25 of a terracotta plaque figurine by a seven-year-old boy during a hiking trip in the Beit She’an Valley in northern Israel. Climbing the Canaanite mound of Tel Rehov with friends Ori Greenhut kicked aside what he believed to be a mud-encrusted stone, only to find that it had a human image on it. He rubbed off the mud to reveal a mold-made terracotta sculpture of a standing, nude woman with her arms held stiffly at her sides (fig. 1).

Fig. 1

Fig. 1

Photo: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

2Ori brought the figurine home, where his mother Moriya Greenhut explained to him that it was an important artifact that belonged to the cultural heritage of Israel. She convinced him that it had to be handed over to the Israel Antiquities Authority. In return, representatives of the IAA visited Ori at his school to award him a certificate of good citizenship for turning in the figurine, rather than keeping it for himself.

3Plaque figurines such as the type represented by this new find are typical for late Bronze Age sites in the Jordan Valley, where they no doubt played a role in cultic activities. However, exactly what the nature of that role was remains unclear and is the subject of debate. The strong Egyptianizing character of the figurine reflects the Egyptian domination over Rehov, which was under pharaonic rule during the late Bronze Age.

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Title Fig. 1
Credits Photo: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
URL http://acost.revues.org/docannexe/image/825/img-1.jpg
File image/jpeg, 141k
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Jaimee Uhlenbrock, « Terracottas in the News. A Bronze-Age Terracotta Figurine Discovered by a Seven-Year-Old Boy », Les Carnets de l’ACoSt [Online], 14 | 2016, Online since 15 April 2016, connection on 28 June 2017. URL : http://acost.revues.org/825

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