Our terracotta sculpture is a copy of the Astarte figurine which is exhibited in the Cyprus Archaeological Museum.
Naked bird-faced female figurine with perforated ears. Holds a child
The cult of Aphrodite may date back further to the Assyrian cults of Ishtar and Astarte. There is evidence that Ishtar and Astarte were worshiped at Paphos in the early Iron Age and were brought, so to speak, to the island by the Phoenicians along with the Egyptian cult of Hathor, who may also have been identified with Aphrodite (see Hatton-Brown, 1997 p.64-6). Ishtar was a goddess of love and war and her cult involved sacred prostitution and was usually fatal for her lovers.
HANDMADE & HAND PAINTED IN GREECE
Height: 17,5 cm (6.9 inches)
Length: 7 cm (2.76inches)
Weight: 260 gr (0.57 lb)