Courtesy Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums

Canaanite goddess figurine (left) made from the ancient mold found at Nahariya (right). The Canaanite goddess—probably Asherah—is naked except for an unusual horned headdress. Is she smiling or are her eyes closed in quiet serenity? She is unusually slender and her legs are much too long for her body. She would appear to be more of a sexual symbol rather than a fertility symbol; her shapely figure contrasts sharply with the heavy, opulent figures of Canaanite women who must have served as models for Canaanite fertility goddesses.