Rare Phoenician Figure Of Astarte "mother Goddess"
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Holy Land:Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: item # 928089
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
You are considering a very rare ancient Phoenician clay figure of a pregnant woman "MOTHER GODDESS" represeniting Goddess Astarte "Fertility Goddess" dating to around 600 BC
The standing woman is portrayed with large breasts and swollen stomach, her head turned slightly downward to her right. She wears an Egyptian-style wig. Soft facial features are gently rendered with small eyes and a delicate nose.
ASHTORETH: Alternatively Astoreth, Athtar, Astarat and Astarte.
Measurements:Height: 16.5 cm - Width: 6.5 cm
Condition: Lower part of the base professionally repaired as shown in the pictures
Found in Samaria north of Jerusalem, Israel
Reference: See Treasures of the Holy Land: Ancient Art from the Israel Museum (Metropolitan Museum 1986), no. 88 for a comparable figure of a pregnant female in the Israel Museum.
Background: Similar squatting pregnant figures are well known from Phoenician sites along the eastern Mediterranean and in Cyprus. It is believed that they may be amuletic to encourage a safe delivery or may represent a deity associated with childbirth
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