Clay Idol of Canaanite Asherah
The ancient Canaanites worshipped a variety of gods and goddesses, committing a variety of abhorrent practices in the worship of their gods. Asherah was the mother goddess and the consort of the chief god. When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, God instructed them not to worship the local gods. But, time and time again, they strayed from exclusively worshipping the one true God and chose to worship idols.
“(Manasseh) even set a carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the Lord had said to David and to Solomon his son, ‘In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever.'” – 2 Kings 21:7
This small clay idol of Canaanite Asherah may have functioned in a household shrine or in a temple. It is made of pale buff-colored clay and portrays the goddess in a seated position. She features exaggerated breasts and a large decorated necklace and collar. She holds a sack in her left arm. Her eyes, mouth, and hair are made of applied clay.
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