Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Female figurine
Iron Age II, 8th-6th century BCE
H: 9 cm
Clark Collection, purchased through the Carmen and Louis Warschaw Fund for Archaeological Acquisitions
Accession number: 90.24.349
Such figurines, with pronounced breasts, were found mainly in private dwellings. Usually identified with either the goddess Astarte or the goddess Asherah, they were kept as household amulets to enhance fertility and offer protection during childbirth.

3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

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