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8-7 Cent. BCE Carved Ivory Cherub phoenician

A History of the Purple People - a brief history of Canaan and Phoenicia, and a bit about their fascinating cosmopolitan culture.

9th-7th C. BCE.  Sphinx wearing a   conical cap, 1 forepaw atop a lotus blossom, 1 raised to a sacred Tree. Found at the Assyrian Fort Shalmaneser in Nimrud. High Relief Ivory Plaque made by Phoenicians.  British Museum.

Fort Shalmaneser: Ivory plaque carved in relief: human-headed winged sphinx wearing conical cap: one forepaw on a lotus bud, the other on a sacred tree: tenon protruding from base/ Phoenician

Carved Bull (5th cent. BCE) found in the Eshmun sanctuary near Sidon, South Lebanon, home to the Phoenicians' largest city. This marble protome shows the influence of Achaemenid rule at the time. The Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BCE) was a Persian empire in Western Asia, founded in the 6th century BCE by Cyrus the Great, who overthrew the Median confederation.

Carved Bull -- Marble, Century BC -- Found in the Eshmun sanctuary near Sidon, South Lebanon

The Phoenicians (1500–300 B.C.) | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

de-salva: Plaque with pharaonic figures flanking a sacred tree (Ivory) [Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), ca. century B.

Classic Mediterranean Murex Snail was the source of Phoenician  "Purpur" (regal purple) worn only by Monarchs.

Classic Mediterranean Murex Snail was the source of Phoenician "Purpur" (regal purple) worn only by Monarchs.

Roman Bronze 100 a.d

Etruria: The Black Etruscans, The Black Phoenicians, The Latins, The Romans

Tyrian Purple - In biblical times, murex snail shells processed a specific way produced a reddish-purple dye considered regal. "Purple" was valuable and was a source of lucre for Phoenician coastal cities of Tyre & Sidon, very cosmopolitan & powerful cities in their day. Acts 16:14-15 talks about Lydia of Thyatira who was a seller of purple.

Two shells of Bolinus brandaris, also known as the Spiny dye-murex. Used to make costly and labor-intensive dyes Tyrian purple (or royal purple), using mucus from the hypobranchial gland.

Riso sardonico e maschere ghignanti fenicie

Riso sardonico e maschere ghignanti fenicie

Phoenician Secrets: Exploring the Ancient Mediterranean by Sanford Holst

Phoenician Secrets: Exploring the Ancient Mediterranean by Sanford Holst

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