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The molded figurines at the AUB Archaeological Museum


​A new technique of terracotta figurines, using molds, was introduced in the Late Bronze Age. 

However, no one has ever found two identical molded figurines, and there is no explanation for this mysterious phenomenon.

A handmade univalve mold of a nude female figurine (Inv.#2001.1), is on display in the Anthropomorphic Terracotta figurine's case  at the AUB Museum.The figurine is in a standing position, arms extended along the sides of the body. The face is not very detailed; it has no mouth, a wide flat nose and almond-shaped eyes. The hair is molded in two short tails, and a horizontal band crosses the forehead.

 Another terracotta plaque of a female fertility figurine (Inv.# 34.26) is shown standing naked, holding her breasts, her arms folded, with long locks falling over her shoulders. She is wearing a necklace and bracelets.
The molded figurines were frequently flat and were often painted and slipped.

 Stay tuned for more artifacts from the AUB Museum!​

Inv. 2001.1
(13.5 x 5 cm)

Inv.# 34.26
(8.7 x 3.2 cm)

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