Buff terracotta. Characteristic broad face and desert headdress with folded "horned" upper. The hands drawn forward in a nurturing gesture but predating the more graphic renditions of a few centuries later. Typical spread foot cylindrical body. Astarte was the Nurturing Mother representing solace and fertility. Historically, old age brought the prospect of physical compromise and dependence. The generation of a family sufficient to provide old age care was essential and accordingly, fertility was essential element for survival. This figure served a modest household in several way. 5 1/8" height.