Bactrian? Metal Statuette of Goddess Anahita? Balkh Province?
Anahita was worshiped as the Goddess of the Oxus (Amu Darya) from Achaemenid-Zoroastrian times, anywhere from 1500-600 BCE . Her shrine where licentious rites were performed, was in Balkh, the seat of a major Bactrian satrap. (note; no "h" at the end of satrap) Ancient texts describe the goddess as "wearing a robe made of thirty shining otter skins." Many questions concern this alleged Bronze Age artifact purchased of kabul's sidewalks in the sixties. It is probably a reproduction. Numerous similar pieces of inferior quality were for sale at the time.
Photo: Louis Dupree
- acku Afghanistan
- Image Size
- 3258x5503 / 4.7MB
- Contained in galleries
- NATIONAL MUSEUM I - BCE (Before Common Era)