Israel Museum

Pairs of ibexes reappear on a goblet. Discovered outside the same temple at Lachish as the ewer, the ibexes on this goblet, however, flank not a tree but a pubic triangle. The triangle is outlined in red, with black dots representing hair. The interchangeability of trees and pubic triangles strengthens the connection between the tree symbol and the goddess Asherah, writes Ruth Hestrin. The tree, like the pubic triangle, represents Asherah’s attributes of life, growth and revival.