Architectural glazed decorations in the Iron Age Northern Levant: Two case studies from Tell Afis (Syria) and Zincirli (Turkey)

  • Sebastiano Soldi Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Firenze / Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Keywords: Glaze, Iron Age, Syria, Levant, Architecture

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to discuss the issue of the employment of coloured glazed devices in architecture in the Iron Age Northern Levant, in light of current researches and archaeological evidence from old and recent excavations in Northern Syria and Southern Anatolia. Glazed ceramics from Tell Afis (Syria) and Zincirli (Turkey) are discussed in light of their provenance contexts, comparing such artefacts with a wide spectrum of visual sources both from the Northern Levant and North Mesopotamia. This analysis aims at understanding the possible function of these glazed ceramics, hypothesizing their possible employment in the architectural decorations of ancient buildings.

Author Biography

Sebastiano Soldi, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Firenze / Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Firenze / Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Published
2019-03-19
How to Cite
Soldi, S. (2019). Architectural glazed decorations in the Iron Age Northern Levant: Two case studies from Tell Afis (Syria) and Zincirli (Turkey). Asia Anteriore Antica. Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, 1(1), 185-206. https://doi.org/10.13128/asiana-78
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