Courtesy Ephraim Stern

Sacred prostitution, a cultic practice intended to insure the continuing fertility of nature, is reflected in these figurines from Tel Dor (left) and Kharayeb (right), on the Phoenician coast 40 miles north of Dor. The unique figurine from Dor shows a smiling woman seated with spread legs. In the similar, but even more explicit, Kharayeb figurine, the woman points to her genitals.