Plaster Figurine from Khirbet as-Samra

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 18 February 2019
Plaster Figurine from Khirbet as-Samra

Plaster figurines were usually made in human and animal forms. Most of them depicted a female figure with raised arms, dressed in a long garment, and often decorated with a small mirror; very few had depicted male figures. These figurines were most probably dolls, and many of them were found with mirrors inside tombs. It is hypothesized that those dolls and mirrors might represent a symbol of virginity, especially when found in juvenile female burials. Byzantine period, early 7th century CE. From Khirbet as-Samra, northeast of Zarqa, Jordan. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, February 18). Plaster Figurine from Khirbet as-Samra. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/10103/

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