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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1212869
Biblical Artifacts
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P. O. Box 14646, Jerusalem 9114601, Israel
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Iron Age; 8th-early 6th Century B.C.

Mold made with large eyes, full lips and highly stylized hair this head would have originally been part of a larger statue which highlighted the fertility aspects of the goddess.

In very good and original condition with only minor damage to the nose. Found in Jerusalem.

Similar examples can be found in The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

2.5 x 2.2 inches ( 6.3 x 5.59 cms)

Custom stand, worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.

Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.


The goddess Astarte was the local version of the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar and the Greek goddess Aphrodite. As such she was the goddess of fertility, sexual love and lust. Like Aphrodite, she is also credited with being the mother of Eros. Although mythologically similar to Aphrodite, artistically Astarte was depicted in a typically eastern style and was more similar to Ishtar in that respect.