Old Babylonian Plaque Collection
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Lot 1733 Details
Early 2nd millennium BC. A group of three terracotta plaques comprising: one with a bearded figure with left arm crossed over the body, mounted on a custom-made stand; one a reclining bearded figure wearing a decorated robe and cloak tied at the neck; and one a rectangular plaque with the goddess Ishtar standing on a lion; figure wearing a long skirt and large headdress, holding a sceptre in her left hand. See Seattle Art Museum inventory number 41.64 and Louvre AO12456 for other plaques depicting Ishtar. 570 grams, 12.5-18cm (5-7"). Property of a Guernsey collector; acquired in the UK in the early 1990s. Small terracotta plaques were common in Mesopotamia in the Old Babylonian and Isin-larsa periods of the second millennium BC. The plaques were mass-produced from moulds and have been excavated in both shrines and homes, reflecting their wide use. The subject matter depicted also varies widely, from gods or kings holding sceptres and wearing elaborate headdresses to erotic scenes.