Near Eastern Seminar Series (NESS) | Katy Batha: Put that back! Re-reading LBA Levantine elite furniture components by returning them to their find-contexts
Katy Batha | University of Sydney
Put that back! Re-reading LBA Levantine elite furniture components by returning them to their find-contexts (with special reference to recent finds at Pella in Jordan)
It has been said that a face can launch a thousand ships but in this case, a small bone face plaque, discovered in a Late Bronze Age context at Pella in Jordan in 2019, launched my Honours research project. The enigmatic little visage, found within a significant elite assemblage, has since led me into the world of the remains of elite LBA Levantine furniture, a field best-known through a rich range of ivory components and their consideration through the lenses of art historical and elite-gifting and exchange models. My current investigations seek to return these ivory pieces to their archaeological contexts and to consider them as furniture components in relation to their whole-of-assemblages, depositions and architectural locations. In this presentation I will share with you the journey so far and some of the highlights of what is coming out of the investigation, and the light this can shed on the Pella assemblage.
Katy Batha is an Honours student at the University of Sydney. She has a special interest in the Bronze Age Mediterranean.
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