Western Asiatic terracotta plaque of goddess Astarte:1900–1700 BC.

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Seller: grimstonian (3,254) 100%, Location: West Sussex, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 333184937090 Western Asiatic terracotta plaque of goddess Astarte An Old Babylonian terracotta statuette depicting the nude female deity Astarte, shown standing with her hands clasped to her chest. The reverse is unmodelled. Height 14.4 cms (5.7 ins). Condition: Condition: Fine, complete and intact with some earthly encrustations to the surface. Old Babylonian period: Circa. 1900–1700 BC. These fertility figurines are the most common type of Babylonian votive statuettes, and served as votive offerings or as amulets for conception and childbirth. 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. Western Asiatic terracotta plaque of goddess Astarte Click images to enlarge Description Western Asiatic terracotta plaque of goddess Astarte An Old Babylonian terracotta statuette depicting the nude female deity Astarte, shown standing with her hands clasped to her chest. The reverse is unmodelled. Height 14.4 cms (5.7 ins). Condition: Condition: Fine, complete and intact with some earthly encrustations to the surface. Old Babylonian period: Circa. 1900–1700 BC. These 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. Provenance: This item is not a UK find and as such is not subject to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. From the estate of a private collector, previously acquired legally on the UK Arts market in the 1980's Supplied with illustrated COA. (code H172) Payment Payment by Paypal Shipping Proof of posting is obtained for all items (copy available on request). Items posted to UK: We will take responsibility for an adequate level of insurance. Countries outside UK: Items will be sent with insurance against loss in the post. If it is possible, we will also send with tracking, but not all countries have this possibility; if in doubt, you are welcome to check with us. Terms of Sale All items are guaranteed to be authentic, to date from the period stated, and to comply with the description provided, with no time restriction for return if not. We also offer a no-quibble refund if you are in any way unhappy with your purchase and it is returned in the same condition within 14 days. About Us We have been dealing in antiquities and items of archaeological interest since the early 1990s, and have sold thousands of items to collectors all over the World, including leading museums. TimesAncient is committed to the ethical purchase of all items of historical significance that we offer. We never knowingly engage in the purchase of objects who provenance or ownership history is deemed to be dubious. All ancient items offered for sale on our website are purchased from legitimate sources. These include old private collections, auction houses, legal finders and responsible dealers within the coin and ancient art market. Every item we sell is guaranteed to be authentic and to date from the period stated. Nothing beats the feeling of handling and owning an item created by humans in far-off history. Contact Us If you have any queries, please contact us using your eBay message board. Images sell! Get Supersized Images & Free Image HostingCreate your brand with Auctiva's Customizable Templates. THE simple solution for eBay sellers. Track Page Views WithAuctiva's FREE Counter Condition: Western Asiatic terracotta plaque of goddess Astarte:1900–1700 BC., Type: Statuette, Material: Terracota

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