- Dec 4, 2006I would just add that while women seem to be the weavers in ED III
and Sargonic Mesopotamia, female supervisors do appear in the
tablets, though in Ur III and afterwards supervisors were always
male to my knowledge.
Missouri State University
--- In ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org, Robert M Whiting <whiting@...> wrote:
> On Mon, 4 Dec 2006, victor avigdor hurowitz wrote:
> > you and Liz might be interested in S. Zawadaski, Garments of the
> > Gods. Studies on the Textile Industry and the Pantheon of Sippar
> > to the Texts from the Ebabbar Archive, OBO 218, Fribourg,
> > Victor
> > BGU
> For Mesopotamia in the Ur III period, see also, in general, H.
> Untersuchungung zur neusumerischen Textilindustrie (Rome 1972),
> specific, A. Uchitel, "Women at Work: Weavers of Lagash and
> San Luis Gonzaga" in S. Parpola and R. Whiting (eds.) Sex and
> the Ancient Near East, CRRAI 47 (Helsinki, 2002), 621-31.
> George pretty much has it right. Women did most of the work of
> and men did the supervision.
> Bob Whiting
> > On Mon, 4 Dec 2006, George F Somsel wrote:
> > > Large numbers of women of the lower social classes were
> > > temple and palace workshops. Some were free, many slaves. Here
> > > they worked in traditional feminine occupations, in the
> > > cooks, pastry makers, and menials; in the textile industry as
> > > and weavers. Usually all were under the supervision of men.
> > > might have brought their children with them. Women of the
> > > classes must have helped their husbands in whatever occupation
> > > were in, for there was no sequestering of women. Women might
> > > worked in various agricultural jobs in palace and temple
> > > with animals.
> > >
> > > Freedman, D. N. (1996, c1992). The Anchor Bible Dictionary
> > > New York: Doubleday.
> > >
> > > This would seem to indicate that in the ANE women may have
> > > work but the supervision was male. Perhaps this is so with
> > > weaving, but I recall a passage in the OT which might call
> > > question (not simply on the basis of grammatical gender). In
> > > 17.7 it states regarding the accoutrements of Goliath
> > >
> > > The shaft of his spear was like a weaver¢s beam, and his spear¢
> > > weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer
> > > him.
> > >
> > > The Holy Bible : New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (1 Sa
> > > Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
> > >
> > > The implication of this is that a weaver's beam was
> > > larger and heavier than the normal spear shaft. Such
> > > beam" would be a significant implement for any average woman
> > > (though I've known a few who would be up to the task). Of
> > > the account of the construction of the tabernacle, its work is
> > > attributed to two men, Bezalel and Oholiab.
> > >
> > > george
> > > gfsomsel
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