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Astarte Syriaca

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A dominant, full length female figure, in sea-green robes, gazes towards the viewer, her long thick wavy hair flowing down her back. Beneath her robes, she has one leg placed forward, as if she might be striding toward the viewer. Her left hand is holding a ornate floral metal girdle under her bosom, her right hand contorts to hold a second similar girdle resting around her hips. Her hands, limbs and bosom are massive, and her lips very full and pink. She is framed on both sides by two winged female torch bearers behind her, dressed in grass green robes; their wings are also green. Their bare feet standing on tiptoe can be seen in each lower corner of the picture. A twining plant that might be deadly nightshade is curled around the long handles of their torches, which burn with a deep pink flame.

Manchester Art Gallery



Astarte Syriaca




oil on canvas


H 185 x W 109 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased from Mr Clarence E. Fry, 1891

Work type


Inscription description

Signed blc: D.G.Rossetti. 1877.


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