Teppe Zagheh’s Anthropomorphic Figurines and Openness of Animist Worlds

Document Type : Research Paper


Associate Professor, Department of Archeology and Archaeography, Islamic Art University, Tabriz


Located 60 kilometers to the south of Qazvin, Teppe Zaghe is a low area of 15-hectre breadth which has been explored during14 archeological seasons. This article is allocated to a significant set of finds on the site: anthropomorphic boot figurines. The reason for conducting this study was to test an atomistic, meticulous and objective study of a type of anthropomorphic figurines in Teppe Zagheh in relation to archeological intra-site contexts, so we can reveal the ontological meaning of the presence of boot figurines from within the contextualist study. This research merely focuses on statuettes known as boot figurines, describing them in a classified manner according to variables of size, exhibition of organs, the context of the find, sex organs, adornments, fractures and special features. The three main contexts on the site in relation to the figurines are: the totality of the location of Teppe Zagheh, the engraved monument, and the archeological guess k. To explore the meaning of the figurines within an archeological framework they were placed in the contexts of “the animist world”, “life cycle”, and “ecological relations”. The result of the research is that the anthropomorphic boot figurines in the context of the location of Teppe Zagheh in the fifth/sixth millennium BCE provided room for thinking the unthinkable.


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