A Hittite Ishtar Gold Pendant, <br><em>ca. 1550 - 1300 BCE</em>
A Hittite Ishtar Gold Pendant, <br><em>ca. 1550 - 1300 BCE</em>
A Hittite Ishtar Gold Pendant, <br><em>ca. 1550 - 1300 BCE</em>

A Hittite Ishtar Gold Pendant,
ca. 1550 - 1300 BCE


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Ancient luxuries were precious, pleasurable, and opulent items – widely coveted and used to show power and status. This superb Hittite pendant of high-karat gold is such an example. It was manufactured by cutting out the circular form from sheet gold and punching the design using a mold. The central design is a fine six-ray star, one central boss, six bosses between each ray in repousse, and a border of punched dots imitating granulation encircles the periphery.  Such six-ray stars represent the great goddess of the heavens, Ishtar/Ashar. Ishtar was associated with the planet Venus and her most prominent symbols included the lion and the star so necklaces with such symbols probably served as both jewelry and talismans.  Aside from its superb aesthetic appeal, this pendant was most probably worn to invoke the protection of the goddess.

For a related example see:  Maxwell-Hyslop, K.R. "Western Asiatic Jewellery" (1971) page 135 ill. 100. 

Dimensions:  Pendant height: 1.6 cm (0.63 inches)

Condition:  The pendant is intact and in excellent condition overall. It is restrung as a necklace on a modern 18K gold chain that can be adjusted up to 18 inches.

Provenance:  Ex. Sumer Gallery, (Henry Anavian Family Collection) NYC., acquired 1970s-1980s and then by descent.

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