Middle Bronze Age Terracotta Astarte

SKU SP.626
Circa

1900 BC to 1600 BC

Dimensions

5.25″ (13.3cm) high

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Israel

Gallery Location

USA


 

Older than memory, this is the great female deity, the goddess of fertility. Whatever guise she takes, her chief function is to make fecund the earth, men and beasts, to insure the continuity of life. Sometimes she fills other roles–as a goddess of wisdom, of love, or of war–but her power over the fate of mankind is enormous. This votive was offered centuries ago by some person seeking her favor and protection. We do not know if the goddess granted the wishes of the ancient life, but we feel about her still the aura of benevolence and mystery.

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