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Astarte was a major goddess as known from Semitic regions, closely related in name, origins, and functions with the goddess Ishtar in Mesopotamian texts. Other renderings and transliterations of her name include ‘Ashtart, Ashtoreth, Atirat, and As-tar-tú, among others. ‘Ashtart was connected with the fertility of crops and cattle, sexuality, and war. Her symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle indicating the planet Venus.

Ishtar Alabaster, gold, terracotta and rubies Century BC. From the necropolis of Hillah, near Babylon

Great Mothers, This was the symbol for 'God' in 6300-5300 BCE. Humans once revered LifeCreation- The Divine Feminine before adoration was controverted and stolen by  DeathDestruction- The destructive masculine.

Great Mothers, This was the symbol for 'God' since the beginning of civilization until around 5300 BCE. Humans once revered LifeCreation- The Divine Feminine before adoration was controverted and stolen by death and destruction- The destructive masculine.

ALIA BILGRAMI Natural elegance  [Jomon-era. [Goddess on mask]   Japanese ceramic figurine "DOGU".   B.C.4500 - 3200.   This figurine was unearthed on Nakappara Nagano Japan]

Goddess on mask - Japanese ceramic figurine "Dogu" - BC - This figurine was unearthed on Nakappara Nagano Japan.

Japanese Wonder ceramic figurine.  B.C.4,500 - 3,300  This figurine was unearthed on Touno Iwate Japan.  Possession of Iwate prefecture cultural museum.

- This figurine was unearthed on Touno Iwate Japan. Possession of Iwate prefecture cultural museum.

Statuette of a female    Period:Iron Age II Date:ca. early 1st millennium B.C. Geography:Northwestern Iran, Caspian region   The Metropolitan Museum

Statuette of a female Period: Iron Age II Date: ca. early millennium B. Geography: Northwestern Iran, Caspian region Medium: Ceramic Dimensions: H. cm Classification: Ceramics-Sculpture Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1964 Accession Number:

Goddess of Fertility - Susa, Iran. 2nd millennium BC. Stamped clay.

fishstickmonkey: “ Goddess of Fertility Susa, Iran. The Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow ”

One of the great masterpieces of late Stone Age art, this terracotta sculpture, known as The Thinker (“Ganditorul”), was unearthed in 1956 during archeological excavations of Neolithic settlement and burial debris in the lower Danube region, near Cernavoda in Romania. (c.5,000 BCE)

late Stone Age art, this terracotta sculpture, known as The Thinker (“Ganditorul”), was unearthed in 1956 in the lower Danube region, near Cernavoda in Romania. it is believed to be the oldest known prehistoric sculpture that reflects human introspection.