BABYLONIAN PLAQUE WITH DEITY
Measurements: 10.5 cm – height, 7.5 cm – width
Description: A Babylonian moulded clay rectangular plaque depicting a male figure in low relief, standing and wearing a short skirt, facing right and holding a straight object, possibly a mace or sceptre, in each hand. These weapons along with the short kilt that the figure wears are indicative of an Old Babylonian or Isin-Larsa period ruler. The mace is often interpreted as a symbol of authority that has been invested by a higher power. This figure could also represent a king in warrior garb. There are two attachment holes in the upper register, indicating that the plaque functioned as a model chariot front. In the upper left and right fields are discs with incisions, perhaps representations of the Sun and Moon. The back is unworked.
Provenance: Ex German collection; acquired on the German art market before 1990.
Reference: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wilkinson, C. K., 1949, 'The Art of the Ancient Near East', in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 7, p. 195.
Period: 19th – 17th century BC
Condition: Very fine, with chipping and minor abrasions over the whole.