Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Studies in the iconography of northwest semitic inscribed seals: Proceedings of a symposium held in Fribourg on april 17-20, 1991


Studies in the iconography of northwest semitic inscribed seals: Proceedings of a symposium held in Fribourg on april 17-20, 1991. Edited by: Sass, Benjamin; Uehlinger, Christoph (1993). Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: University Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Abstract

Hundreds of Northwest Semitic inscribed seals combine on a single artifact image and script. Both the pictures and the inscriptions are instrumental for our understanding of the cultural and religious history of Syria and Palestine. But while the seals' inscriptions have been the focus of studies since the 19th century, their figurative decoration has only rarely been approached in a systematic way.
The present volume contains revised versions of papers read at a symposium held at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) on April 17-20, 1991. Designed as a stimulus for further research in a much neglected area, it offers methodological discussions relating to the classification of seals into ethnic or national corpora, and studies on some specific iconographical motifs such as the winged disk or Mesopotamian-inspired scenes of worship. Five articles discuss the iconographical repertoires of Phoenician, Aramaean, Ammonite, Moabite, and Hebrew inscribed seals. A final contribution offers preliminary conclusions, issues for future glyptic and religio-historical research, and an inquiry into the apparent contradiction between decorated Hebrew seals on the one hand, and ancient Israel's supposed aniconism and the biblical image ban on the other.

Abstract

Hundreds of Northwest Semitic inscribed seals combine on a single artifact image and script. Both the pictures and the inscriptions are instrumental for our understanding of the cultural and religious history of Syria and Palestine. But while the seals' inscriptions have been the focus of studies since the 19th century, their figurative decoration has only rarely been approached in a systematic way.
The present volume contains revised versions of papers read at a symposium held at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) on April 17-20, 1991. Designed as a stimulus for further research in a much neglected area, it offers methodological discussions relating to the classification of seals into ethnic or national corpora, and studies on some specific iconographical motifs such as the winged disk or Mesopotamian-inspired scenes of worship. Five articles discuss the iconographical repertoires of Phoenician, Aramaean, Ammonite, Moabite, and Hebrew inscribed seals. A final contribution offers preliminary conclusions, issues for future glyptic and religio-historical research, and an inquiry into the apparent contradiction between decorated Hebrew seals on the one hand, and ancient Israel's supposed aniconism and the biblical image ban on the other.

Statistics

Altmetrics

Downloads

554 downloads since deposited on 25 Sep 2017
447 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Edited Scientific Work
Communities & Collections:Special Collections > Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
290 Other religions
930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
Language:English, German, French
Date:1993
Deposited On:25 Sep 2017 07:19
Last Modified:29 Jul 2018 04:45
Publisher:University Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Series Name:Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis
Volume:125
Number of Pages:336
ISBN:3-7278-0870-5
Additional Information:Digitalisat erstellt durch Florian Lippke, Departement für Biblische Studien, Universität Freiburg Schweiz
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/54117/ (Organisation)

Download

Download PDF  'Studies in the iconography of northwest semitic inscribed seals: Proceedings of a symposium held in Fribourg on april 17-20, 1991'.
Preview
Content: Published Version
Language: English
Filetype: PDF
Size: 12MB