Rare- Biblical Iron Age Figure Of An Astarte, 800 BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1140773
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
We are pleased to offer this important and very rare ancient biblical Iron Age pottery figure of an Astarte "Fertility/ Mother Goddess"
Dated from, Dated from, 1000 - 586 BC "Time of the Kings of ancient Israel
The general consensus appears to be that the pillar figurines probably represent some form of "Mother Goddess" personifying fertility, possibly the goddess Astarte of the Canaanites, sidonians, and Philistines
Hand-formed body and a mold formed head, solid cylindrical pillar-shaped body bearing outsized breasts, often supported by hands (Arms bent with hands a little below breasts). There is no doubt that the figurines were considered to have some magical properties and were kept in the household as amulets to enhance fertility in this world and in the afterlife!
Measurements:Height: 13 cm - Width: 8.5 cm - Height on stand: 18.5 cm
Nicely mounted on a plexi-glass display stand of high quality
Condition: good condition, untouched as found
Found in Hebron "City of Abraham" south of Jerusalem, Holy Land
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