Second millennium BC. Mesopotamian or Hebrew. 4 3/4" height. Standing with arms outstretched over cylindrical body and spread foot. The head of angular form with exaggerated features and pointed headdress. Applied bun form ears and suggestion of an aegis. Both hands or arm terminals chipped in antiquity and worn over. Particularly severe representation of The Destroyer, the male, who represented rule, order and retribution, paired with the female Nurturing Mother who represented fertility, growth and solace, most famously identified as Astarte.