A Torso of Mother Goddess Terracotta, 10.0 x 7.3 x 8.3cm. Greece, Neolithic Period, circa 5000-3000 BC References: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, inventory no. 1972.118.104 and Brussels, Musees Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, inventory no. A3029; Thimme (1977), page 419, figurers 1a&1b.
Carved Ivory Mesopotamian Votive Figurine of the Goddess Ishtar, Circa 3000 BCE. Ishtar, known as Inanna to the Sumerians, was universal as a goddess in various forms in the ancient middle east. She was the Akkadian supreme goddess of sexual love and fertility and was also the goddess of war, ‘the lady of battles’. Her symbol was an eight pointed star that was identified with the planet Venus; later the Romans knew her by this name.