The Chequered History of Veiling in the Abrahamic Tradition

Goddess Ishtar (Astarte) terracotta figurine — circa 1.800–1.600 BC
Mesopotamian Terracotta moulded plaque of Astarte, side view
Mesopotamian Terracotta moulded plaque of Astarte, front view
ca. 1850–1500 BC, Old Babylonian period. Ur. Temple Priestess. British Museum
Votives of Temple Priestesses. Ur III or Isin-Larsa Period, ca. 2112–1763 BCE
Temple Priestess votive plaques, showing patterned veiling, Ur III or Isin-Larsa Period, ca. 2112–1763 BCE
Ur III or Isin-Larsa Period, mould and cast figure of Priestess of Ishtar/Astarte, showing veiling, ca. 2112–1763 BCE
Robert Fowler, Dance of the Seven Veils, 1885, oil on canvas
Salomé Dancing before Herod (1876) by Gustave Moreau
Opera director, choreographer, and artist Grethe Barrett Holby, ‘Dance of the Seven Veils, The Embassy, New York City, NY., 2003
Grethe Barrett Holby, ‘Dance of the Seven Veils
Grethe Barrett Holby, ‘Dance of the Seven Veils

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Yvonne Owens, PhD

Yvonne Owens, PhD

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I'm a writer/researcher/arts educator on Vancouver Island and all round global citizen who loves humans even though we're such a phenomenal pain-in-the-ass.