BABYLONIAN PLAQUE WITH ISHTAR

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Measurements: 10.2 cm height, 5 cm width

 

Description: A Babylonian moulded clay oval-shaped plaque depicting a female fertility goddess, likely Ishtar, nude, facing with her hands clasped underneath her breasts. She wears a multi-strand necklace and has braided hair that finishes above her shoulders. Her facial features are finely moulded. The back is unworked. The ancient Sumerians worshipped the ancient fertility goddess Inanna, who was later worshipped by the Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians under the name Ishtar.

 

Period: 19th - 17th century BC

 

Condition: Very fine, with a chip to the figure's left cheek and minor abrasions over the whole.

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