The volume publishes over 400 terracotta figurines uncovered during excavations at Hellenistic Jebel Khalid during 17 years of work at this important site.
"Jackson's skilful organization and analysis yield extremely interesting results. The black-and-white plates provide excellent, mainly 1:1 illustrations of every figure, supplemented by seven colour plates that are invaluable both for giving an idea of the range of clays used, and, simply because they are in colour, for bringing the material more vividly before us. Unusually for a terracotta publication there are drawings of the majority of the pieces. These show, as photographs can rarely do, the thickness of the wall of each figurine, but they also provide an interesting comparison with the photographs as the two media give very different impressions of the same piece and really need to be used together to illuminate complementary aspects of modeling and technique. In short, both for its factual and objective presentation of a new body of material and for the searching and far-reaching issues that it addresses, this volume should be useful both to students of terracottas and to anyone with a wider interest in the lives and day-to-day concerns of the inhabitants of one of the remoter areas of the Hellenistic world." (L. Burn, The Classical Review 59, 2009, 249-50)
Heather Jackson is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Melbourne.
The site of Jebel Khalid
The importance of the figurine fragments
The archaeological contexts and their chronology
Dating the figurines
The fabric types
TYPOLOGY AND CATALOGUE
Moulded riders and horses
Mother and child—Kourotrophos
Draped goddess leaning on column
Seated draped women
Male legs and bare feet
Drapery of uncertain gender
Birds and beasts
Bases and backs
The Jebel Khalid corpus of figurines
Deities and heroes
Evidence of gender interests and activities
Imports and local workshops
Figurines and function
APPENDIX: Chemical analysis of the figurine clays of Jebel Khalid
Eric Clayton, David Garnett, Heather Jackson, Helen Waldron
'The book is fluent and clear. It is an important study exposing a relatively unknown region and subject.'
A. Erlich American Journal of Archaeology
'this volume should be useful both to students of terracottas and to anyone with a wider interest in the lives and day-to-day concerns of the inhabitants of one of the remoter areas of the Hellenistic world.'
L. Burn The Classical Review
Publication: 01 Dec 2006