(About Death) Thinking (Canaanite Figurine)


What’s on this Canaanite fellow’s mind? The main body of the decorative figurine is formed out of the neck of a Bronze Age pottery jug, to which the arms, legs, and head were added. He’s almost 4,000 years old, uncovered at an archeological dig in Yehud. Also found at the site were daggers, arrowheads, an axe head, animal bones from sheep and maybe a donkey. Excavation director Gild Itach suggests that some of these might have been funerary offerings. Clearly then, our little man is contemplating death? That is the object of his intentional consciousness. (I grabbed all this from the article that appeared online at Haaretz here.)


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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