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Figurines en contexte, de l’identification à la fonction : vers une archéologie de la religion

Abstract : Figurines in context, from identification to function: toward an archaeology of religion. Since the discovery of numerous terracotta figurines in the 19th c., their identification has been much disputed. Female images without any characterising attribute are understood either as undifferentiated goddesses, either as generic images of mortal women in their family status. These identifications lead to different functions in the contexts of use, and to different interpretations of terracotta assemblages: so it is useful to compare the arguments that support them and the consequences they involve for the understanding of religious practices. The identification as mortal women is far more meaningful for the votive and funerary practices, and makes them consistent. The most fruitful method to support that reading is to replace the isolated figurines in their archaeological, iconographic and socio-cultural context.
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Stéphanie Huysecom-Haxhi, Arthur Muller. Figurines en contexte, de l’identification à la fonction : vers une archéologie de la religion. S. HUYSECOM-HAXHI (éd.); A. MULLER (éd.). Figurines en contextes. Présence muette dans le sanctuaire, la tombe et la maison, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, pp.421-438, 2015, 978-2-7574-1132-2. ⟨halshs-02877543⟩



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