Pagan god Astarte

Astarte close up 

The nymph priestesses of Astarte
(close up to the right)

jpg: still from live camera feed

jpg: still from live camera feed

jpg: still from live camera feed

Pagan Gods Astarte and head of Neith
(North End: Vaulting, right side)




Pagan gods Astarte
(2002 photo)


The figure of Astarte in Pagan Gods shows one of the more fanciful relief materials Sargent used in the mural cycle. He adorned Astarte’s headdress, necklace, and forehead with “jewels” made from blue, pale yellow, and green cut-glass. The faceted glass are mounted in metal bezels nailed to the mural.

Pagan Gods Full Image

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General view of North End, Sargent Hall, Boston Public Library  

Boston Public Library 



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Created 8/27/2003



Sargent paired Baal or Moloch on the west with Ashtoreth or Astarte on the east. Moloch was the male destroyer god, associated with the sun; Astarte was the dangerous, seductive fertility goddess associated with the crescent moon upon which she stands here, a python draped at her feet. Sargent depicted some of Astarte’s many priestesses dancing beneath her diaphanous veil, which symbolizes the illusory appeal of the senses. The twelve pinecones that surround her correspond to the occasional rendering of her name as “sacred grove.” ( <>