The Physicality of the Other

Masks from the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean

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Angelika Berlejung, Judith E. Filitz
  • Tübingen, Germany: 
    Mohr Siebeck
    , February
     398 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Chirstoph Uehlinger forthcoming.


This volume comprises the conference proceedings of the international and interdisciplinary meeting held in Leipzig from November 9 to 11, 2015. Scholars from different research areas present masks from Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Greece, mainly from the third to the first millennium BCE. The masks are analyzed from archaeological, iconographical, anthropological, philological, and theological perspectives. In many cases, the masks refer to gods, ancestors, spirits, and are used as a means to communicate between human beings and supernatural powers. Masks belong to the human condition and seem to be the international and intercultural answer to one of the most existential questions of human life. In addition, the volume includes an archaeological catalogue of the masks from Israel/Palestine of the Neolithic Age until the Persian Period.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Angelika Berlejung is Professor for Old Testament Studies at the University of Leipzig in Germany, and professor extraordinaire for Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Judith E. Filitz is Research Assistant at the Institute of Old Testament Studies at Leipzig University.

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