Female Figures in Mandaean Religious Art

The first presentation this morning was by Sandra van Rompaey and was about the way female figures are depicted in Mandaean religious art. There are distinctive features, such as how the bodies are shaded and whether they have hair. But there is also a parity, an equality to male beings, in how they are depicted, and that is reflected in the texts as well. Here are a few photos to give a sense not only of the art as excerpted, but also as it looks on the illustrated scroll Diwan Abathur.

 

 

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  • Ian

    Oh, I really am loving these posts on Mandaean art. Can you suggest to the conference, that maybe a book on this would be very cool 😉

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      I think we all know that. :-) I can ask what plan there is for publication!