The Queen of the Night Relief Replica

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Exclusive to the British Museum, a replica plaque of the Mesopotamian Queen of the Night relief.

This replica forms part of a range accompanying the British Museum exhibition Feminine Power: the divine to the demonic.

The replica is handmade in the UK from hand-patinated resin, reflecting the surface texture of the original. The ornament is not suitable for outside use.

The design is based on a Mesopotamian plaque from the Old Babylonian period, referred to as the Queen of the Night, which dates to c.1750 BC. The fired clay relief depicts a winged woman, her clawed feet standing on the backs of lions, flanked by large owls. The plaque is widely believed to represent the Mesopotamian goddess Inanna, later known as Ishtar, the Lady of Heaven. One of the oldest known named goddesses, Ishtar was associated with sexuality and gender identity. In the once brightly coloured plaque, she is seen holding a rod-and-ring, symbols of justice and royalty.

Alternative interpretations of the relief identify the figure as Ereshkigal, goddess of the underworld and Ishtar’s sister.

A magnificent piece of ancient history.

  • Product Code: CMCR74770
  • Dimensions: W 260mm x H 350mm
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: Hand-patinated resin
  • Postage Weight: 6.00 Kg

Exclusive to the British Museum, a replica plaque of the Mesopotamian Queen of the Night relief.

This replica forms part of a range accompanying the British Museum exhibition Feminine Power: the divine to the demonic.

The replica is handmade in the UK from hand-patinated resin, reflecting the surface texture of the original. The ornament is not suitable for outside use.

The design is based on a Mesopotamian plaque from the Old Babylonian period, referred to as the Queen of the Night, which dates to c.1750 BC. The fired clay relief depicts a winged woman, her clawed feet standing on the backs of lions, flanked by large owls. The plaque is widely believed to represent the Mesopotamian goddess Inanna, later known as Ishtar, the Lady of Heaven. One of the oldest known named goddesses, Ishtar was associated with sexuality and gender identity. In the once brightly coloured plaque, she is seen holding a rod-and-ring, symbols of justice and royalty.

Alternative interpretations of the relief identify the figure as Ereshkigal, goddess of the underworld and Ishtar’s sister.

A magnificent piece of ancient history.

  • Product Code: CMCR74770
  • Dimensions: W 260mm x H 350mm
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: Hand-patinated resin
  • Postage Weight: 6.00 Kg
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