The Queen of the Night Travel Card Holder

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Exclusive to the British Museum, a travel card holder inspired by the Mesopotamian Queen of the Night relief.

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

The travel card holder is made in the UK from recyclable PVC, and is ideal for carrying bank and travel cards.

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 fun history-inspired fashion gift.

  • Product Code: CMCV74270
  • Product Weight: 0.01Kg
  • Dimensions: Closed: H7 x L10.5cm, Open: H7 x L21cm
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: Recyclable PVC
  • Postage Weight: 0.01 Kg

Exclusive to the British Museum, a travel card holder inspired by the Mesopotamian Queen of the Night relief.

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

The travel card holder is made in the UK from recyclable PVC, and is ideal for carrying bank and travel cards.

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 fun history-inspired fashion gift.

  • Product Code: CMCV74270
  • Product Weight: 0.01Kg
  • Dimensions: Closed: H7 x L10.5cm, Open: H7 x L21cm
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: Recyclable PVC
  • Postage Weight: 0.01 Kg
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