Terracotta female protome, found in a tomb, Macri Langoni,  525-500 BC. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes. Image: Wikimedia Commons

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Promoting the Study of Sculptural Objects Made in Clay from Antiquity

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Last update:
January 3, 2015



17-18 novembre 2016
Journée d'étude internationale


Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France – amphithéâtre Palissy
Palais du Louvre – Porte des Lions
14, quai François Mitterrand 75001 Paris

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April 5, 2016
Colloquium Genova

Simbolo e gesto: la determinazione di genere nelle statuette fittili del mondo greco
Università Degli Studi Di Genova
Aula Magna Scuola di Scienze Umanistiche
via Balbi, 2

On April 5, 2016, a colloquium on the topic of gender identity and significance in Greek coroplastic research will be held at the University of Genoa, Aula Magna, School of Human Sciences. This is co-sponsored by the University of Genoa and the Association for Coroplastic Studies.

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March 1 - April 6, 2016

Les terres cuites grecques. Pour qui ? Pourquoi ? Comment ? 

Le Learning Center de l’Université de Lille, Sciences Humaines et Sociales, présente une exposition consacrée aux terres cuites grecques antiques intitulée Les terres cuites grecques. Pour qui ? Pourquoi ? Comment ? du 1er mars au 6 avril 2016. Cette exposition prend appui sur la recherche conduite en équipe depuis trois décennies à l’université. 

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March 23–25, 2015
International Conference

Terracottas in the Mediterranean Through Time

The Zinman Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Art History
University of Haifa, Israel

In part under the auspices of the Association for Coroplastic Studies

March 7, 2015
International Conference

Representation of Musicians in the Coroplastic Art of the Ancient World
Iconography, Ritual Contexts, and Functions

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street
New York City, NY 

In collaboration with The Association for Coroplastic Studies
Organized by Angela Bellia and Clemente Marconi

Exhibition: GRiechisch-ägYPTISCH - Tonfiguren vom Nil

Oktober 16, 2013 - July 27, 2014
Antikensammlung des Martin von Wagner Museums in der Würzburger Residenz

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Kontextualisierung von Terrakotten im spätzeitlichen bis spätantiken Ägypten

Martin von Wagner Museum, Würzburg

December 6–8, 2013

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Pilina eidolia: New Perspectives in Cretan Coroplastic Studies

13th - 7th Century B.C.

Catania, September 19 - 21, 2013

Bilateral workshop Italy-Germany
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas: Mediterranean Networks and Cyprus

Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus
June 3-5, 2013

Under the auspices of the Association for Coroplastic Studies

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For a report click here

International Summer School on Greek Coroplastic Studies

Methodologies for the Study of Production, Contexts, and Images

Università di Catania, Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche
Parco archeologico greco-romano di Catania, Teatro greco-romano

Catania (Sicily),
May 27 – June 1, 2013

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Exhibition: Images in Terracotta
Ancient Terracotta Figurines in the Sadberk Hanim Museum Collection

Sadberk Hanim Museum
Sarıyer, Turkey

18 November 2011–20 May 2012


Colloquium, 113th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America
Philadelphia, January 6, 2012. 2:45 pm

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XXXVe Symposium International organisé par HALMA-IPEL – UMR 8164
December 7 - 8, 2011
Université Charles-de-Gaulle / Lille 3 (Lille, France)

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American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeeting, 2011

San Francisco, CA , Saturday, November 19, 2011, 4:20 pm


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American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeeting,
San Francisco, CA , Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:40 AM—12:45 PM

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American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, 2010

San Antonio, Texas
Session A21, Friday, November 19, 2010, 8:00 - 10:25

“Figuring Out” the Figurines of the Ancient Near East 
Theme: Focuses on the research and analysis of terracotta figurines from across all regions, sites, and
time periods in the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean.  New perspectives, interdisciplinary
dialogue, and cross-cultural comparisons within figurine studies will be encouraged.
Stephanie Langin-Hooper (University of California, Berkeley), Presiding

1. Schmitt Ruediger (University of Muen ster),
“Animal Figurines as Ritual Media in Ancient Israel

2. Christopher A. Tuttle (American Center of Oriental Research, Jordan),
“Nabataean Camels & Horses in Daily Life: The Coroplastic Evidence”

3. Erin Darby (Duke University),
“Seeing Double: Viewing and Reviewing Judean Pillar Figurines through Modern Eyes”

4. Adi Erlich (University of Haifa),
“The Emergence of Enthroned Females in Hellenistic Terracottas from Israel: Cyprus, Asia Minor, and Canaanite Connections”

5. . M. Michele Daviau (Wilfrid Laurier University),
“The Coroplastic Traditions of Transjordan”

6. Rick Hauser (International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies),
“Reading Figurines: Animal Representations in Terra Cotta from Urkesh, the First Hurrian Capital (2450 B.C.E.)


American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting 2010

Studying Artifacts of Uncertain Origin

ASOR Round Table, Friday, November 19, 2010, 12:45–2:00 PM
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Augusta Room, Second Floor, Atlanta, Georgia

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Coroplastic and Small Finds from the Geometric Period to the Roman Era
Colloquium Held in the Memory of Eos Zervoudaki,

Rhodes, November 26-29, 2009

  For a list of presented papers in Greek click here

American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, 2009
New Orleans, LA
Session A21, Thursday, November 19, 2009, 4:15 - 6:15

“Figuring Out” the Figurines of the Ancient Near East I
Theme: Focuses on the research and analysis of terracotta figurines from across all regions, sites, and
time periods in the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean.  New perspectives, interdisciplinary
dialogue, and cross-cultural comparisons within figurine studies will be encouraged.
Stephanie Langin-Hooper (University of California, Berkeley), Presiding

1. Adi Erlich (University of Haifa)
Double Faces, Multiple Meanings: the Hellenistic Pillar Figurines from Maresha, Israel

2. Elizabeth A. Waraksa (University of California, Los Angeles), 
Female Figurines from the Mut  Precinct, Karnak: Evidence of Ritual Use

3. Jaimee P. Uhlenbrock (SUNY New Paltz), A Near Easterner at Cyrene: Cross-Cultural Implications at a Greek City in Libya

4. Erin D. Darby (Duke University) and David Ben-Shlomo (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Sugar  and Spice and Everything Nice: Terracotta Pillar Figurines and Jerusalemite Pottery Production in Iron II Judea

4. Susan B. Downey (University of California, Los Angeles), Images of Divinities in Terracotta and 
Stucco Plaques from the Hellenistic-Roman Period at Dura-Europos, Syria

Session A53, Saturday, November 21, 2009, 4:15-6:15
“Figuring Out” the Figurines of the Ancient Near East II

Andrea Creel (University of California, Berkeley), Presiding

1. Christopher A. Tuttle (American Center of Oriental Research, Amman) 
The Nabataean Coroplastic  Arts: A Synthetic Methodology for Addressing a Diverse Corpus

2. Erin Walcek Averett (Creighton University)
The Ritual Contexts of Archaic Cypriote Figurines

3. Elizabeth M. Bloch-Smith (St. Joseph’s University)
Nudity is Divine: Southern Levantine Female  Figurines


(TAG) Theoretical Archaeology Group)
May, 1 - 3, 2009,
Stanford, CA

Figurines in Action
John M. Matsunaga (University of California: Berkeley) & Peter Biehl (SUNY Buffalo)
Current figurine studies have attempted to understand the effects that figurines had on the perceptions, lived experiences, and daily practices of the people in the past that created and interacted with them.  Traditional interpretations of figurines as mother-goddesses, fertility symbols, or as mere reflections of social and political organization have been replaced by interpretations of figurines as active forms of material culture that played an important role in shaping people’s identities and social relationships. Key questions in this line of research include: 
What effects did figurines have on people in the past?
What do figurines do and how do they do it?  That is, how do they work?       

This session seeks to address these questions and contribute to contemporary figurine studies by exploring the diversity of approaches to figurines that have developed in light of the recent trends in archaeological method and theory.  In particular, special emphasis will be given to the study of materiality, especially in regards to aesthetics, semiotics, agency, embodiment, identity, personhood, and the biography of objects.  It is desired that participants would not only explore at least one of these theoretical issues through a detailed case study, but also provide clear statements of the methods used to address them.

1. Figurines in Action: An Introduction
John M. Matsunaga (University of California: Berkeley) and Peter Biehl (SUNY Buffalo)

2. Thinking about Differential Body Part Emphasis on Prehistoric Figurines
Douglass Bailey (San Francisco State University)

3. Representing the Body: The Human Figure in the 7th-5th Millennium BC
Peter Biehl (SUNY Buffalo)

4. Creating Bodies through Symbolic Commitment and Compromise: a Cucuteni-Tripolye Case Study
Raymond Whitlow (SUNY Buffalo)

5. Neolithic Materiality: The Technology and Daily Practice of Vinča Culture Anthropomorphic Figurine Production
John M. Matsunaga (University of California: Berkeley)

6. Figurines and Fragmentation: Implications of the Two Paradigms on Southeast Europe Prehistoric Archaeology
Slobodan Mitrović (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

7. Of Sickle and Axe Men: Burials and Figurines in the Late Neolithic Carpathian Basin
Dusan Borić, University of Cambridge

8. Archive Fever: Words, Images and Things in Neo-Assyrian Apotropaic Figurine Deposits
Carolyn Nakamura (Stanford University)

9. Figuring it Out: Figurines and the Body in the Neolithic Near East
Karina Croucher (University of Manchester) & Aurelie Daems (Ghent University)

10. The Materiality and Performativity of Classic Maya Figurines Christina Halperin (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

11. Ancient Mementos: Life Histories of Collected and Curated Figurines from Central Mexico Lisa Overholtzer (Northwestern University)

12. Person, Practice and Superego: The Function of Figurines in Ancient Teotihuacan, Mexico Warren Barbour (SUNY Buffalo)

13. No More Figurines: Questioning Homologies Between Present and Past Rosemary Joyce (University of California: Berkeley)  

  For a full program with abstracts click here.

Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, January 9, 2009, 1:30 - 4:30 pm,

Colloquium:Coroplastic Studies at the Start of the 21st Century: From Collection to Context
Coroplastic Studies Interest Group, Sponsor

Organizer: Caitlin E. Barrett, Yale University

1. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Marion
     Nancy Serwint, Arizona State University

2. Recent Developments in Greek and Roman Coroplastic Research in Asia Minor
     Ergün Lafli, Dokuz Eylül University

3. Coroplastic Studies in Greek and Roman Libya
     Jaimee P. Uhlenbrock, State University of New York at New Paltz (Professor Emerita)

4. Coroplastic Traditions in the Bosporan Kingdom (Northern Black Sea Area)
     Maya Muratov, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Greek and Roman Art

5. Between Sidon and Alexandria: Hellenistic Terracotta Figurines from Israel
     Adi Erlich, University of Haifa, Israel (Department of Art History)

6. A Distributed System of Archives for Coroplastic Studies
     Paul F. Jacobs, Mississippi State University

7. Figurines in Sanctuary Contexts at Mytilene and Stymphalos: What CAN We Learn?
     Kathleen Donahue Sherwood, John Abbott University

Discussant: Marina Albertocchi, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy