Lot 768: Phoenician Tanit Plaque
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 4th-2nd century BC. A tongue-shaped baked clay plaque with high-relief seated figure with lion head and female body, holding an object or pregnant belly. 33 grams, 69mm (2 3/4"). From a German collection; acquired on the German art market before 1990. The figure may represent a lion-headed goddess Tanit, who was the chief deity of Carthage, and moon goddess. Like many of the deities from the Punic empire she originated in the Phoenician homeland where she was known as Astarte, a goddess of war and fertility. In the Roman period she was known as Juno Caelestis and had a temple dedicated to her on the Capitoline Hill in Rome. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Fine condition.