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Cult image
(3,473 words)

I. Ancient Orient

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A. General comments

In the Near East, idols which functioned as cult images (CI) could be found in central temples, peripheral sanctuaries, private houses, and sometimes on open-air sanctuaries and cult alcoves. Their material consistency, appearance, and size varied depending on their origin and the context of their use.

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B. Egypt

CI of gods already existed in earliest times. They could be anthropomorp…

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Berlejung, Angelika (Heidelberg), Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg), Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen), Neudecker, Richard (Rome) and Heimgartner, Martin (Halle), “Cult image”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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