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Star-shaped ornaments to be applied to divine garments
Assyria(?)
1st millennium BCE
Gold
Diam: 2.4 cm
Gift of Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 87.56.885

The star was the Akkadian cuneiform sign for divinity, and the eight-pointed star specifically symbolized Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, identified with the planet Venus. According to ancient texts, gold stars were applied to the garments of divine images as ornaments. Thus, these stars might have decorated a cultic vestment dedicated to a deity.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir


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