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Images of Woman and Child from the Bronze Age : Reconsidering Fertility, Maternity, and Gender in the Ancient World, Hardback Book

Images of Woman and Child from the Bronze Age : Reconsidering Fertility, Maternity, and Gender in the Ancient World Hardback

Description

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.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 390 pages, 30 Halftones, unspecified; 16 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ancient history: to c 500 CE
  • ISBN: 9780521193047

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