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Extremely rare-Biblical Israelite Iron Age Astarte

Extremely rare-Biblical Israelite Iron Age Astarte

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1224086
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An extremely rare ancient biblical Iron Age painted pottery figurine of Astarte as a war Goddess (Horse and rider), dated from, 980 - 586 BC

Bird headed face figurine of Astarte riding a painted horse

Such item will simply add a major and important addition to the finest antiquities collection or even a biblical museum..

Astarte was connected with fertility, sexuality, and war. Her symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle indicating the planet Venus. The goddess, the Queen of Heaven, whose worship Jeremiah so vehemently opposed, may have been possibly Astarte. Astarte is the name of a goddess as known from Northwestern Semitic regions, cognate in name, origin and functions with the goddess Ishtar in Mesopotamian texts. Another transliteration is ‘Ashtart; other names for the goddess include Hebrew (transliterated Ashtoreth), Ugaritic ‘ṯtrt (also ‘Aṯtart or ‘Athtart, transliterated Atirat), Akkadian DAs-tar-tú (also Astartu) and Etruscan Uni-Astre (Pyrgi Tablets).