Event Title

The Khirbet ‘Ataruz Iron IIA Cult Stand

Location

Seminary Room N110

Start Date

10-2-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

10-2-2017 10:30 AM

Description

Located in Jabal Hamidah, in Jordan, Khirbat ‘Ataruz has become a site of great importance with the discovery of a temple complex dating to the late Iron Age I and early Iron Age II periods. Under the direction of Chang-Ho Ji from LaSierra University, this site has produced an array of cultic artifacts that is providing a clearer understanding of the religious practices of Iron Age Transjordan. During the 2001 excavations, pieces of two model shrines and one cult stand were found on and around an offering table in the main sanctuary room. Subsequent seasons revealed more pieces that were only later discovered to be part of the largest of the three objects – the cult stand.

The study and conservation of the ‘Ataruz cult stand is important as it combines unique and rare elements, including two male figures holding what appear to be sacrificial animals, making it one of the most complete and significant examples of an early Iron Age II cult stand.

This presentation will offer an art historical analysis of the ‘Ataruz cult stand as well as an account of its restoration. Due to its size and prolific decoration, this artifact will be able to provide deeper insight into the ancient concept of aesthetics symbolism and how these design elements made their way into Transjordan during the Iron Age. The iconographic elements also have implications for our understanding of the religious practices at ‘Ataruz as well as in the greater Transjordan region.

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Feb 10th, 10:00 AM Feb 10th, 10:30 AM

The Khirbet ‘Ataruz Iron IIA Cult Stand

Seminary Room N110

Located in Jabal Hamidah, in Jordan, Khirbat ‘Ataruz has become a site of great importance with the discovery of a temple complex dating to the late Iron Age I and early Iron Age II periods. Under the direction of Chang-Ho Ji from LaSierra University, this site has produced an array of cultic artifacts that is providing a clearer understanding of the religious practices of Iron Age Transjordan. During the 2001 excavations, pieces of two model shrines and one cult stand were found on and around an offering table in the main sanctuary room. Subsequent seasons revealed more pieces that were only later discovered to be part of the largest of the three objects – the cult stand.

The study and conservation of the ‘Ataruz cult stand is important as it combines unique and rare elements, including two male figures holding what appear to be sacrificial animals, making it one of the most complete and significant examples of an early Iron Age II cult stand.

This presentation will offer an art historical analysis of the ‘Ataruz cult stand as well as an account of its restoration. Due to its size and prolific decoration, this artifact will be able to provide deeper insight into the ancient concept of aesthetics symbolism and how these design elements made their way into Transjordan during the Iron Age. The iconographic elements also have implications for our understanding of the religious practices at ‘Ataruz as well as in the greater Transjordan region.