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A finely moulded Isin-Larsa/ Old Babylonian fired light earthenware clay. This is a classic presentation scene, more often found on the cylinder seals of the time, showing a worshiper, who stands in a long robe and cap, with an animal offering, being led by the hand by an interceding goddess in a tiered dress, towards a seated king or god, now missing, probably seated. The reverse is unmodelled.


Old Babylonian Period: Circa 2000-1600 BC


Condition: Fine; missing one corner, otherwise complete and intact with encrustations to the surface; good detail.

Height 10.4 cms (4 ins).


Provenance: - Deceased gentleman's estate, inherited by his children and grandchildren in London and Geneva, pre 1988


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.

Old Babylonian presentation scene clay plaque

SKU: K278

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