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21st Jan 07
This is said to be an Astarte figure. About 6 inches. The clay is not as red as the picture suggests. Where from? Date?
from dr g
21st Jan 07
sinai area proto egyptian creator god
19th Feb 07
I was given a mysterious gift a few days ago. I plan to put these pix on the group artifact website, asking for advice . . .
My friend was helping a wealthy woman in her 90's who was moving to an assisted living facility and giving away the contents of her home. When my friend saw some artifacts in a box, she asked about them, was told by the owner that she had gotten them when on archeological digs in Egypt and Israel (one each), but was not told any more - the daughters did not want the owner getting upset about giving away her things.
She told her friend to give them to someone who would appreciate them. But I don't know what one of them is --- a stone 6 pointed star that is 3.5 inches from one tip to another, about 1" in height, with a circular hole in the center of it which is about 1", sloping down to the star's points so that they do not rest on the ground, the same when flipped over (although one "leg" is damaged on one side), and the weirdest thing is that it came (from her home) with a "stopper" which fits PERFECTLY into the hole, ending in line with the bottom on the other side. It has a cylinder which fits in the hole, topped by a mushroom top which is larger, but does not cover the 6 points and the stone seems the same.
Star stone is a mace seen in the new and old world
Are you certain that this came for Israel or Egypt? Looks absolutely like a Peruvian mace head. This shape was made as early as 1000 BC and continued to be used as late as 1530 by the Incas. I'm attaching an early example. I've had several over the years.
Yes, Axel and geof seem to be correct, but what's the bit that fits in?
21st Feb 07
The former owner stated she found it during an archeological dig, but did not say whether it was the one in Egypt or Israel.
Also note that unlike the five-pointed star mace head from South America, this depicts the six-pointed star (Star of David). My son Mark suggests that if placed on its side, it can perhaps be "rolled" to create evenly spaced indentations in something soft (dough?), although again the "insert" is a mysterious appendage for this usage, since it does not appear to be part of a broken-off handle or such. To quote a Star Trek villian, "it tasks me!"
Here is another star mace head.
I now don't believe that the one in question is a mace head.
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