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.
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Figure of Astarte
Near Eastern (Mesopotamian, Syrian?)
perhaps Northern Syria, Syria (Place Created)
mid-2nd millennium B.C.
7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)
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.
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.