AAT ID 300404639 body position (concept): “The relative disposition and way of arrangement of the various parts of the body of a human, or sometimes of an animal. Includes the position and carriage of the limbs, hands, head, or the body as a whole, often as indicating a particular quality or feeling. Examples of displays of body position include in the visual arts, dance, and ritual.”

This term can be applied to anthropomorphic beings and animals only and serves as one of the most decisive markers for visualizing pictorial roles in ancient Near Eastern iconography. We differentiate the following postures:

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