Re: Curious to know
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 12, 2002 at 13:32:04:
I found a WONDERFUL piece from Cyprus, guessing late 2500 BCE, that
provides some of the strongest support for hennaed hands in that
region .. in the Ashmoleon. It's a ceramic little figure with raised
hands, and there's both black and red markings on the piece. The
raised hands are marked RED, and bracelet-type markings are in black.
The Ashmoleon has a tasty collection of pieces, though if I could
teleport, I'd go straight to the Heraklion and search there.
In Mycenae, there were lovely cult statues with hennaed hands 1800 or
so BCE ...... but those books are being shipped and won't arrive for a
few weeks yet. I can get back to you with provinance on that. The
little ladies with hennaed hands holding up their hennaed boobs may be
personifications of the part of the Ugaritic epic myth cycle that
lists Asherah and Anat as being the "wet nurses" of the gods.
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