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Is There A South Syrian Style Of Ivory Carving In The Early First Millennium B.C.?

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The major assemblages of ivory carving preserved from the first millennium B.C. have generally been divided into two groups, Phoenician and North Syrian. We know that there was ivory in South Syria in the early first millennium B.C. The question which remains is whether one may argue that ivory goods were being produced there, or if, instead, they were being imported from outside the immediate region. Damascus provides the best possible context for integrating the stylistic relations observable in the collections of Arslan Tash, Samaria, Khorsabad, Nimrud and Zincirli within a historical reality-a reality which makes particularly vivid the warning (modelled after actual events?) of the prophet Isaiah.

Keywords: Arslan Tash; Damascus; ivory carving; Khorsabad; Nimrud; North Syrian style; Phoenician style; Samaria; South Syrian style; Zincirli



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