Goddess Astarte Votive Plaque

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 06 September 2017

This is baked clay votive plaque of a nude woman in low relief, most likely the goddess Astarte. Her Egyptian style wig was painted black. She puts her hands at her breasts. The hole at the top is for suspension. This is a development of the Late Bronze Age Canaanite type. Phoenician or Cypro-Archaic, 6th century BCE. From Grave 11 at Tharros, Sardinia, modern-day Italy. (The British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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