Erich Lessing

Judahite Pillar Figurines—or JPFs—proliferated in Judah between 800 and 586 B.C.E. These handmade clay female figurines have arms curved under their oversized breasts and no rendering of fingers, legs or feet. The figurines are categorized into two major groups according to the style of their heads. In one group, the head was made from a mold and had a hairstyle resembling an Egyptian wig with rows of curls. These figurines were whitewashed and painted.