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Phoenician Horned Head of Astarte

6th-4th century BC

A bronze head of Astarte (Asherah, Asteris, Asteroth) with sharp facial features, curled hair framing the youthful face, eyes hollow to accept inserts, headdress with a pair of crescentic horns; mounted on a custom-made stand. 954 grams, 22.5cm including stand (8 3/4"). Fine condition.

Acquired on the London art market in 1963; accompanied by an archaeological expertise by Dr Raffaele D’Amato; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10723-175401.

Cf. Burton Russell, J., The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity, Cornell University Press, 1977; Patai, R., The Hebrew Goddess, Wayne State University Press, 1990, pls.9-10.

Ashtart (either ‘the Star’, or ‘She of the Womb’), is better known by the name Astarte, the Greek version of her name. The name translates to 'Ashteroth of the Horns', with 'Ashteroth' being a Canaanite fertility goddess and 'horns' being symbolic of mountain peaks and fertility. Horns, the main attribute of the goddess, were symbols of power and fecundity.