c. 4th Century A.D.
A mold-made figure of a goddess, most likely representing Astarte. The figure is extremely stylized with only the most necessary of features being depicted. On the face the nose, mouth and eyebrow ridge are present and the impression of large almond shaped eyes is accomplished through the recess beneath the brow ridge. Additional features include her stylized hair, a headdress, a necklace and two hands grasping her girdle.
In very good condition with restoration to base of figure. Found in Hebron.
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Astarte is a Semitic goddess similar to Ishtar. Like Ishtar, she has many aspects, most notably fertility, sexual love and war.
Beit Natif figures are named after the area where they were produced and represent part of a large terracotta industry in the region of Hebron during this time. Items produced include oil lamps, table pottery and figurines such as the one listed above.