A finely modelled Old Babylonian terracotta plaque, depicting a robed and jewelled goddess, probably Ishtar. Despite being executed with less recourse to naturalistic depictions, the goddess Ishtar’s iconic features, as seen on contemporary parallels, are precisely captured and rendered through the modelled surface. The goddess is depicted wearing a long garment and an enigmatic horned-crown of Mesopotamian deities. Her abstractly portrayed face is expressed by a small oval shape, flanked by two round incisions representing her iconic loop earrings, one of the attributes of the goddess. The reverse is unworked.
Date: Circa 2000- 1600 BC