The head, which was unveiled to the public on Tuesday, was found in Sheikh Hamouda in Khan Yunis, Jamal Abu Rada, director of Gaza’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, told a news conference.
“At first I thought I’d sell it to someone to make some money,” Nadal Abu Eid, a farmer, told The New Arab, “but an archaeologist told me it was too much It’s important. ”
Rida said ministry staff concluded that the statue belonged to Sir Anat, the goddess of love, beauty and war in Canaanite mythology.
The Canaanites were an ancient pagan nation that the Bible says inhabited Jerusalem and other parts of the Middle East before the advent of monotheism.
A farmer found the statue while working on his land. Credit: Mustafa Hasana / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Radha called the statue “a symbol of the oldest human civilization living in Gaza City.”
The statue will be on display at the Pasha Palace Museum in Gaza in the next few days, ministry official Nariman Khalih said.
The museum, one of the few in Gaza, used to function as a girls’ school before it was converted into a museum thanks to a German grant.
The first story of the palace is of the Mamluks, a Muslim family who ruled most of Levant from Egypt and Cairo from the 13th to the 15th century.
According to the United Nations Development Program, the second story is largely about Ottoman architecture.
There are virtually no foreign tourists visiting Gaza, as there are heavy restrictions on movement in and out of the area.
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Muhammad Abdul Bari of CNN contributed to this report.