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Pendant Frame of Goddess on Horseback
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Pendant Frame of Goddess on Horseback


Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Only the base plate and frame of this pendant survive. Traces of white and light-blue inlays provide clues to its original appearance. The figure represents the Near Eastern goddess of war and love, known as Ishtar in Mesopotamia and Astarte in Syria and Egypt. The goddess wears an Egyptian crown and brandishes a spear above her head. She appears on a horse, which had only recently begun to be used in warfare.
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections. Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem. 2013.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
15th-13th century BCE
Medium
beaten sheet gold, traces of glass paste (?)
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1593
Measurements
1 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 3/16 in. (4.5 x 3.7 x 0.5 cm)
Geography
  • Turkey (Carchemish) (Place of Discovery)

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