Astarte Syriaca
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Astarte was a Syrian goddess of fertility and love.

Rossetti composed a sonnet about Astarte:

Mystery: lo! betwixt the sun and moon
Astarte of the Syrians: Venus Queen
Ere Aphrodite was. In silver sheen
Her twofold girdle clasps the infinite boon
Of bliss whereof the heaven and earth commune:
And from her neck's inclining flower-stem lean
Love-freighted lips and absolute eyes that wean
The pulse of hearts to the spheres' dominant tune.

Torch-bearing, her sweet ministers compel
All thrones of light beyond the sky and sea
The witnesses of Beauty's face to be:
That face, of Love's all-penetrative spell
Amulet, talisman, and oracle, �
Betwixt the sun and moon a mystery.

Owner/Location: Manchester Art Gallery (United Kingdom)
Dates: 1877
Artist age:Approximately 49 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 183 cm (72.05 in.), Width: 107 cm (42.13 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member chris_mccormick on 13 September 2001.
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