Journal article

An ivory bowl from Early Iron Age Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel): manufacture, meaning and memory

AM Maeir, B Davis, LK Horwitz, Y Asscher, LA Hitchcock

World Archaeology | Routledge | Published : 2015

Abstract

In 2013, an ivory bowl was discovered in a chalky matrix in the Early Iron Age (Philistine) levels in Area A at Tell es-Safi/Gath. Conservation revealed it to be a shallow vessel with a single lug handle, decorated in the interior and on the base with an incised twelve-petal lotus-rosette surrounded by five concentric circles. Applying an object biography approach, we investigate the history and far-flung socio-cultural connections of the Tell es-Safi/Gath bowl, which is unique within Philistia. Specific reference is made to parallels in the ivory hoard from the Late Bronze/Iron Age transition (c. late twelfth century/early eleventh century bce) palace at Megiddo, Stratum VIIA. It is propose..

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