Dimensions– Height 4 1/4 inches (10.8 cm.)
Provenance– Ex: German private collection, U.F., 1960’s, until 2014; Ex: New York private collection, 2015.
Resheph, (Hebrew: “the Burner” or “the Ravager”) was an ancient West Semitic god of the plague and of the underworld, the companion of Anath, and the equivalent of the Babylonian god Nergal. He was also a war god and was thus represented as a bearded man brandishing an ax, holding a shield, and wearing a tall, pointed headdress with a goat’s or gazelle’s head on his forehead. Resheph was worshiped especially at Ras Shamra, Byblos, and Arsūf (later Apollonia, near modern Tel Aviv–Yafo). Under the title Mikal (or Mekal), he was also worshiped at Beth-shean in eastern Palestine and at Ialium in Cyprus. Resheph was usually believed to be related to Mot, the god of sterility and death, but he also seems to have been a god of well-being, plenty, and fertility, and in that respect he may have been a form of the god Baal.
Miniature figures of this deity tend to be particularly rare, and this example has its right arm raised in typical artistic style of the time.
Intact. Comes with a custom made display stand.
Inventory No. 96
*Antiquity of the Month, September 2018*
Authenticity unconditionally guaranteed. An official Aphrodite Gallery hang-tag and Certificate of Authenticity will be issued to the winning purchaser.