Before and After #250: Babylonian Fertility God

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Lana Turner (as ‘Samarra’) stands before a decidedly masculine rendition of the goddess Astarte in MGM’s opulent production of The Prodigal (1955).


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Having changed hands several times over the decades, the dilapidated statue now resides in a neighborhood backyard in Lumberton, New Jersey.

14 comments:

la peregrina said...

Fascinating. I hope they have that missing snake head stored somewhere safe.

Nebris said...

I believe that's actually supposed to Baal. He was pretty butch. =)

Flickhead said...

That's what I thought, Nebris, but, unless I'm mistaken, Lana refers to the statue as Astarte. Of course I could go back and check, which would be like revisiting an acid trip. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

milsom said...

During my whole childhood this statue was in the back of some kind of business (junk business? i remember they had old lawnmowers laying around) in Ogletown, DE. Then at some point it was sold to a travel agency near Dover, DE where it sat out front of the business along Route 13. Somehow it made its way to NJ I guess.

milsom said...

Also, it appears on the cover of Live Skull's "Snuffer" album. The pic was taken in front of the travel agency.

Chip Hilton said...

The guys on 'The Big Bang Theory' bought the time machine from the movie of the same title. I'm guessing they'd have bid some serious coinage on this baby.

swac said...

Snuffer came out in 1988, so it's been missing the snake head (and the spiked club) for quite some time.

Here's the cover: http://www.musicobsession.com/Pictures/l/i/liveskull424969.jpg

I wonder how it got from Hollywood to Delaware...?

estiv said...

I wonder how it got from Hollywood to Delaware...?

Show business is an even crueler deity than Astarte or Baal. Once it realized its career was done (how much call is there for a ten foot tall squatting gargoyle?), the statue made its way as far from Tinseltown as possible.

Tarah said...

Seemed like nobody cares to the statue now. Doesn't it items like this are put to museums? You can do a truckload shipment when it's heavy for transfer.

MichaelRyerson said...

New Jersey, being near the drain of the universe, sees most flotsam at one time or another. In the end, most of us will pass through New Jersey.

Unknown said...

Must be kind of intimidating for the neighbors

swac said...

Not to mention their many, many children.

pootie said...

In case you were wondering what its back looked like:

http://rarepunk.blogspot.com/2008/05/live-skull-snuffer.html

swac said...

Another Baal/Astarte sighting! This time in George Pal's impoverished Atlantis: The Lost Continent.

http://www.trailersfromhell.com/trailers/780