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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pergamon Museum Berlin

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.

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