AN ARCHAIC IVORY FIGURINE FROM A TUMULUS NEAR ELMALI CULTURAL HYBRIDIZATION AND A NEW ANATOLIAN STYLE


Sare T.

HESPERIA, vol.79, no.1, pp.53-78, 2010 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 79 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : HESPERIA
  • Page Numbers: pp.53-78

Abstract

The extent of cultural and artistic hybridization in Archaic Anatolia is explored through close examination of an ivory figurine of a mother with two children from Tumulus D at Bayindir, near Elmali in southwestern Turkey. Along with other figurines from that tomb and from Archaic Ephesos, this family group testifies to the late-7th-century B.C. birth of a western Anatolian style in the minor arts that anticipates the Ionian style in Greek sculpture. The author suggests that the figurines served as handles of sacred implements and that they represent elite participants in the cult of an Anatolian goddess, perhaps Artemis Ephesia.