Made of alabaster, the "Lady of Galera" comes from the Necropolis of Tútugi, Zone I, Gave 20 (Galera, Granada) in Spain. This sculpture of an enthroned goddess is identified with Astarte. It was designed as a ritual container with a hollow head and bust for holding the sacred scented oil that was used to anoint the dead and thus ensure deification in the afterlife. Made at a Syrian-Phoenician workshop in the early 8th century BCE, it was reused by several generations before finally being deposited in a royal Iberian tomb identified as that of the founder of Tútugi in the late 5th century BCE. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)
About the Author
Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this content non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms.
Read the licensing terms for more information on how to use this image legally.
For commercial use, please contact the editors by email () to discuss whether this image can be licensed.
If you are not sure whether your project is commercial then please also get in touch for clarification.