Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Meidad Suchowolski
Female figurine
Iron Age I, 12th century BCE
H: 17 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1968-1139
This schematic figurine of a woman whose body merges with her throne is nicknamed “Ashdoda,” after Ashdod, the city in which it was found. It seems to have been inspired by figurines of seated women from Greece. In some of them, the woman is shown holding a child. Thus they may represent a mother goddess.

Hestrin, Ruth, The Philistines and the other Sea Peoples, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1970
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005
Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005

Philistines and the other Sea People, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 10/03/1970 - 31/10/1970

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