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This representation of a woman, carved of elephant ivory, was originally part of a piece of furniture such as a chair or bed. It is one of the “Megiddo ivories,” a hoard of carved pieces of ivory found in the palace of the Egyptian New Kingdom governor of Megiddo, a regional Canaanite center.
The ivories were carved in styles from many regions of the eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Cyprus, Anatolia, Egypt, and from Canaan itself. This representation is in the Canaanite style and shows a local woman with locally distinctive dress and hairstyle.
Name: Canaanite Woman
Material: Ivory with glass inlay
Height: 22 cm (9 in)
Date: 1300-1200 BCE, Late Bronze IIB
Place of Origin: Stratum VIIA, Megiddo, Israel
Location: Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Source and Registration#: Oriental Institute Museum A22258
Former Chief Curator, Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago