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Canaanite Woman

Canaanite Woman

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.

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