The biblical story in the Book of Judges about Jephthah’s daughter is a tragic tale of a father sacrificing his only daughter. Before setting out to battle the Ammonites, Jephthah vows that if he triumphs over his enemies, he will sacrifice as an offering to God the first creature to greet him upon his return. Jephthah’s daughter, who knew nothing of his vow, set out to greet him with tambourines and dancing; her father was then forced, despite his grief, to fulfill his vow and sacrifice her.
This work revolved around my interest in the motif of female victimhood, as reflected in the story of Jephthah and his daughter. The girl’s taut adolescent body, which is portrayed dancing and playing the tambourine, offers a stark contrast to her life’s cruel end.