Important Female Statuette of a Fertility Goddess

Culture: Levant
Period: around 1500 B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 19.5 cm high
Price: 18 000 Euro
Ref: 6385
Provenance: Private collection A. Parot, 1930s. Thence with Colonel Brugelli, a member of the French military, supervising in the 1960s the cession of Alexandrette to Turkey. In the 1960s in the French collection R. Thence with Gallery Tarantino, Paris. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: In the centre of the legs broken and professionally reattached. A chip on the surface on the left side of her hair, otherwise intact and of wonderful quality.
Description: Important, high-quality bronze statuette of a woman from the eastern Mediterranean region, possibly Levant. The very thin and graceful figure with large, round breasts, small waist, broad pelvis and long, closed legs. The goddess with a large head, prominent, friendly features and chin-long hair. She wears a necklace and bracelets on the right-angled elbow. The thin arms are confidently pressed against her hips. The depiction resembles statuettes of the fertility goddess Anat, Baal’s sister. See for the type of Anat’s depiction in the Walters Art Museum with the accession number 54.2487. With a metal analysis confirming the early date of mid 2nd millennium B.C. The figure stands on its original tenon below her feet on an old wood base.