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Ancient Near East, Sumeria, ca. 2nd to early 1st millennium BCE. A lovely press-molded plaque displaying a standing depiction of the goddess Astarte (also known as Ishtar) in relief. She holds her hands beneath her large bosom, which is thought to be a gesture of fertility. Her form is slender and well-composed, and her tranquil visage stares outwards past the confines of space and time. Astarte is an ancient goddess who has gone by many names throughout antiquity; she is even mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible. Comes with museum-quality acrylic stand. Size: 4.75" H (12.1 cm); 5.5" H (14 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Vero Beach, Florida, USA collection

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Expected age-commensurate surface wear, light discoloration, with small chips to feet, top of head, and around peripheries. Nice earthen and mineral deposits throughout.

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Ancient Sumerian Terracotta Astarte Figure

Estimate $500 - $750Jan 18, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA