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An Old Babylonian terracotta statuette depicting a king, facing front, with long beard and dressed in a long robe but with the right shoulder bared, by the side of a forward facing goddess, Astarte dressed in . The reverse is unmodelled.


Old Babylonian period: Circa. 1900-1600 BC.


Condition: Fine and intact, the details worn although this may be from wear to the cast from which the mould was originally taken.

Height 9.5 cms (3.7 ins).


Provenance: From a London gallery, previously a 1990's collection acquired on the UK arts market.


Terracotta plaques of this sort were mass-produced from moulds and represented a form of art available to a wide audience. They have been excavated in temples as well as in household shrines and private homes and give us a mysterious glimpse into religious practices and the ideas that people valued. Their subject matter varies widely, including religious images, mythological and erotic scenes, and representations of rulers and gods.

Babylonian terracotta plaque of a king with goddess Astarte

SKU: K279

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