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Star-shaped ornaments to be applied to divine garments

Star-shaped ornaments to be applied to divine garments

Star-shaped ornaments to be applied to divine garments

Gold

Diam: 2.4 cm

Gift of Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

87.056.0885

Archaeology/Western Asiatic Antiquities

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.