A terracotta harp player from Hellenistic Yavneh-Jam (Israel)

TitleA terracotta harp player from Hellenistic Yavneh-Jam (Israel)
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsFischer, M
EditorHickmann, E, Eichmann, R
Book TitleMusikarchäologische Quellengruppen = Music-Archaeological Sources: finds, oral transmission, written evidence. Papers from the 3rd Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archeology at Monastery Michaelstein, 9-16 June 2002
Series TitleStudien zur Musikarchäologie 4; Orient-Archäologie 14
Keywordsarpa, Palestina

The terracotta figurine of a female harp player [Hetaera ?] was found in the Hellenistic destruction level of the city of Yavneh-Jam [Israel]. It depicts a woman, who snuggles up close to the triangular harp (trigonon). Both the artistic type and the depiction of the musical performance correspond most closely to the Hellenistic minor arts, including those of ancient Israel, of the second half of the 2nd century BC. Of greatest importance for this find is the fact that it comes from a well-defined archaeological and stratigraphic context. In this respect, it is also significant that we are dealing with the Hellenised society of a city which was destroyed by anti-Greek Jewish [Maccabian-Hasmonian] forces. In the following, the artistic context of the find is discussed in the framework of the momentous events in late 2nd century Palestine. [http://www.vml.de/e/inhalt.php?ISBN=978-3-89646-645-7]

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