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Zoomorphic Sculpture With A Fertility Goddess - PF.2159
Origin: Northern Syria
Circa: 2000 BC to 1500 BC
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x 3.75" (9.5cm) wide
Catalogue: V7
Collection: Biblical
Medium: Terracotta

$6,000.00
Location: United States
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There is a hypnotic, mysterious quality about this clay votive. The head of the fertility goddess Astarte rises from the back of a horse with one body and tail, but two heads. This seems an image endowed with magical powers. What does it mean? Is it a reflection of some forgotten myth? A record of some freak double-headed birth, considered an omen from the heavens? A whimsical abstraction on the part of the artist? The answers to such questions are lost in the mists of time. What remains is a sculpture of enduring fascination and power. - (PF.2159)

 

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