BABYLONIAN FERTILITY FIGURE
Measurements: 12 cm – height
Description: A Old Babylonian terracotta statuette depicting the nude female deity Astarte, shown standing with her hands clasped to her chest. These mass-produced fertility figurines are the most common type of Babylonian votive statuettes, and served as votive offerings or as amulets for conception and childbirth.
Astarte represents the Hellenised form of the goddess Ishtar (Akkadian), Astarte (Phoenician), or Inanna (Sumerian). Astarte was the most important female deity in Mesopotamia through the second millennium BC. She was identified with the planet Venus, and the sunrise. She was the goddess of both sexual love and warfare. The Greeks identified her with Aphrodite as her worship spread through Cyprus.
Period: Old Bbaylonian Period, circa 20th-15th century BC
Condition: Fine, complete and intact with some earthly encrustations to the surface. Mounted on a custom made stand.
Provenance: Ex private collection, SM, London