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James Blake Wiener
published on 03 November 2017

Made of alabaster, the "Lady of Galera" comes from the Necropolis of Tútugi, Zone I, Gave 20 (Galera, Granada) in Spain. This sculpture of an enthroned goddess is identified with Astarte. It was designed as a ritual container with a hollow head and bust for holding the sacred scented oil that was used to anoint the dead and thus ensure deification in the afterlife. Made at a Syrian-Phoenician workshop in the early 8th century BCE, it was reused by several generations before finally being deposited in a royal Iberian tomb identified as that of the founder of Tútugi in the late 5th century BCE. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)

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About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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