British Museum

Qudshu, alias Asherah. The goddess Qudshu (from the Semitic root for “holy”), considered the Egyptian version of Asherah, stands naked on a lion while flanked by Min, Egyptian goddess of fertility, on the left and by the Canaanite god Reshef on the right. Reshef holds a spear and an ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life.

In addition to the presence of the Canaanite Reshef, Qudshu’s very pose also indicates Canaanite influence—Egyptian figures are usually shown in profile, not head on as Qudshu is seen here.