The Priestess of Tanit and the Sheep

The Priestess of Tanit and the Sheep

A priestess of Tanit, from the Carthaginian Empire that straddled northwestern Africa and the western Mediterranean basin, cradles a young Barbary sheep in her arms. The Barbary sheep, characterized by the long hair streaming from its neck and forelegs, is a species of wild sheep native to the mountainous desert regions of northern Africa.

Although this is part of my “African Queens with Animals” art series, the woman here wouldn’t be a queen since Carthage had an oligarchic government rather than a traditional monarchy. She’s also a bit lighter-skinned than the other women in the series since she would be mixed with Phoenician (Carthage started out as a trading colony on the Tunisian coast by Phoenicians from the area of modern Lebanon).

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