Nimrud :: Woman in the Window

A sacred prostitute?

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Excavated by A.H. Layard. Carved ivory. Phoenician, 9th-8th century BCE, from Nimrud (northern Iraq)

It is often speculated — for no good reasons that I can see — that she is a prostitute, sacred or not, connected with Astarte or Ishtar. Trying to find out more.

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