Images of Woman and Child from the Bronze Age : Reconsidering Fertility, Maternity, and Gender in the Ancient World Hardback
This book is a study of the woman-and-child motif - known as the kourotrophos - as it appeared in the Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean.
Stephanie Lynn Budin argues that, contrary to many current beliefs, the image was not a universal symbol of maternity or a depiction of a mother goddess.
In most of the ancient world, kourotrophic iconography was relatively rare in comparison to other images of women and served a number of different symbolic functions, ranging from honoring the king of Egypt to adding strength to magical spells to depicting scenes of daily life.
This work provides an in-depth examination of ancient kourotrophoi and engages with a variety of debates that they have spawned, including their role in the rise of patriarchy and what they say about ancient constructions of gender.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 390 pages, 30 Halftones, unspecified; 16 Line drawings, unspecified
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 11/04/2011
- Category: Ancient history: to c 500 CE
- ISBN: 9780521193047
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