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Canaanite terracotta figurine of a fertility goddess (Astarte?) Middle Bronze Age II: 2000-1550 BC.
Reference No: MT001
Canaanite terracotta figurine of a fertility goddess (Astarte?) Middle Bronze Age II: 2000-1550 BC.
Price : $ 950
EUR 875.90 GBP 749.65 AUD 1,457.49
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of buff clay, the stylized figurine with flat violin shaped body and bird face, applied pellet eyes, with elaborate coiffure. The two short arms spread to the sides, with two lines across the lower belly and incised triangular pubic region. Incised design decorates the torque around the neck.

Cf. Spycket, A., The Human Form Divine. From the Collection of Elie Borowski, Exh. cat., Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem, 2000. Cat. no. 84, p. 102, (photograph, p. 101), for the type with long arms.Keel, O., Gott weiblich: Eine verborgene Seite des biblischen Gottes, Gutersloher Verlagshaus, Freiburg, 2008., p. 23, fig 3.

Dimensions: Height: 10 cm  (4 inches)

Provenance: Private Maryland collection.

Condition:  small losses to the forehead, neck and chest otherwise in very good condition.