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Female figurine
Beer Sheva
Iron Age II, late 8th century BCE
Pottery
H: 14; W: 9 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1978-1437
 
 
Such figurines, with pronounced breasts, were found mainly in private dwellings. Usually identified with either the goddess Astarte or the goddess Asherah, they were kept as household amulets to enhance fertility and offer protection during childbirth.


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