The J. Paul Getty Museum

Figure of Astarte

Object Details

Title:

Figure of Astarte

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Near Eastern (Mesopotamian, Syrian?)

Place:

perhaps Northern Syria, Syria (Place Created)

Date:

mid-2nd millennium B.C.

Medium:

Glass

Object Number:

2003.213

Dimensions:

7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)

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Object Description

Cast figure of Astarte likely meant to function as a pendant as indicated by the holes on either side of the body. The entire figure of the goddess is preserved, her arms are bent at the elbow and tucked in towards the chest and her legs are straight. She wears a necklace. The surface shows much weathering and areas of deterioration especially around her head and face and her lower legs. The figure may have been made from a light blue-green glass that has discolored to white.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1974 - 1988

Erwin Oppenländer, 1901 - 1988 (Waiblingen, Germany), by inheritance to his son, Gert Oppenländer, 1988.

1988 - 2003

Gert Oppenländer (Waiblingen, Germany), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (October 8, 2009 to February 22, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), October 8, 2009 to February 22, 2010
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (March 28, 2012 to May 26, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), March 28 to July 9, 2012
Bibliography
Bibliography

Saldern, Axel von, et al. Gläser der Antike: Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer, exh. cat. (Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1974), pp. 91, no. 239; pp. 91, plate no. 239.