Les figurines zoomorphes de l’Égypte gréco-romaine


fr Anthropozoologica 38 - Pages 77-90

Published on 01 March 2004

This article is a part of the thematic issue Figures animales des mondes anciens

Zoomorphic figurines in Egypt during the Graeco-Roman period

Zoomorphic figurines represent an important part of the moulded terracottas produced in Egypt during the Graeco-Roman period. The study of this ceramic bestiary gives us a great deal of information concerning the choices of iconography and reveals cultural changes occurring during that era. Amongst the animals represented, some are themselves divinities or are associated with divinities, while others served ritual roles (as sacrifices) or related to everyday life; a minority of pieces represent animals in human guise. Most of these terracottas were discovered in dwelling houses and reveal little-known facets of personal religion.


Terracottas, animals, Graeco-Roman Egypt.

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