The Queen of the Night Tote Bag

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Exclusive to the British Museum, a tote bag inspired by the Mesopotamian Queen of the Night relief.

This shoulder bag forms part of a range accompanying the British Museum exhibition Feminine power: the divine to the demonic.

The tote bag is made in the UK from 100% cotton and is machine washable.

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.

An intriguing gift inspired by ancient history.

  • Product Code: CMCV74130
  • Product Weight: 0.16Kg
  • Dimensions: H42 x L37cm
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Postage Weight: 0.16 Kg

Exclusive to the British Museum, a tote bag inspired by the Mesopotamian Queen of the Night relief.

This shoulder bag forms part of a range accompanying the British Museum exhibition Feminine power: the divine to the demonic.

The tote bag is made in the UK from 100% cotton and is machine washable.

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.

An intriguing gift inspired by ancient history.

  • Product Code: CMCV74130
  • Product Weight: 0.16Kg
  • Dimensions: H42 x L37cm
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Postage Weight: 0.16 Kg
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