8 June 2004
A SYRO-PALESTINIAN BRONZE GODDESS
CIRCA FIRST HALF OF THE 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.
The elongated nude figure depicted standing with her feet together on an integral plinth, adorned with anklets, bracelets, armlets and a collar, her long hair arranged in three long braids, one on each side of her face and one down the back, her hourglass-shaped body with shallow U-shaped grooves below the navel, her face with a small mouth, the deeply recessed eyes once inlaid, the forehead with a central depression, perhaps also once inlaid
8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) high
Diplomatic Private Collection, 1962-1967.
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For a similar example, said to be from the Lebanon mountains, see no. 98, p. 116 in Spychet, The Human Form Divine.
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