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Model shrine with nude goddess

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The plaque is a mixture of Mediterranean/Near Eastern styles that characterize Phoenician art. It represents the ancient Canaanite goddess Astarte, shown nude like the Mesopotamian Ishtar, but with an Egyptian face and wig. She stands within a shrine protected by typically Near Eastern snarling...

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By date unknown: private collection, Netherlands according to an invoice from Royal-Athena Galleries; by 1988: purchased from a private collection, Netherlands by Royal-Athena Galleries (Art of the Ancient World, vol. V, pt. II, no. 127); purchased from Royal-Athena Galleries by MFA with funds provided by Alan M. and Marcia May, December 12, 1990

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Gift of Alan M. and Marcia May

Eastern Mediterranean, 6th–3rd century B.C.


Height x width: 26 x 14.3 cm (10 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.) Base: 6 1/2 x 3" Depth w/ Mount: 4"

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The Ancient World