At the feet of the goddess

A los pies de la diosa

In the latest issue of the journal Complutum (34-2, 2023), from the Departamento de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the article “A los pies de la diosa. Contexto y análisis de la escultura de mármol griego documentada en el patio del yacimiento tartésico de Casas del Turuñuelo (Guareña, Badajoz, España)”, by Sebastián Celestino Pérez, Esther Rodríguez González, Anna Gutiérrez García and Alberto Dorado Alejos, has been published. A fragment of the base and the bare feet of a female marble sculpture that was found in 2017 in the destruction strata of the sanctuary of El Turuñuelo, dated between the end of the 5th century BC and the beginning of the 4th century BC, is studied. The archaeometric analyzes carried out have allowed us to determine that the statue was sculpted with Greek marble from the Pentelic quarry (Athens) and that it was painted in blue (“Egyptian blue”) and red (iron oxide). The authors propose that the statue, dated to the 5th century BC, would represent the Phoenician goddess Astarte, linked to the cults that would develop in this Tartessian sanctuary. The article, of great interest, leaves open for debate whether the statue is really a Greek sculpture. The fact that the marble comes from a Greek quarry such as the Pentelic does not necessarily imply that it is a Greek statue.


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