The Queen of the Night

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This large Old Babylonian plaque, found in southern Iraq, was made between 1800 and 1750 BC. It is made of baked straw-tempered clay, modelled in high relief, and probably stood in a shrine. The figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war; or Ishtar's sister and rival, the goddess Ereshkigal who ruled over the Underworld; or the demoness Lilitu, known in the Bible as Lilith. This book explores the symbolism and history behind this beautiful relief. The figure wears the horned head-dress characteristic of a Mesopotamian deity and holds a rod and ring of justice, symbols of her divinity. Her long multi-coloured wings hang downwards, indicating that she is a goddess of the Underworld. Her legs end in the talons of a bird of prey, similar to those of the two owis that flank her. The background was originally painted black, suggesting that she was associated with the night.

Part of Objects in Focus range of books, a guide to the stunning Queen of the Night plaque.

This large Babylonian plaque, found in southern Iraq, was made between 1800-1750 BC. It is made of baked straw-tempered clay, modelled in high relief and probably stood in a shrine. The identity of the image isn’t known for certain; the figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war; or Ishtar’s sister and rival, the goddess Ereshkigal who ruled over the Underworld; or alternatively the demoness Lilitu, known in the Bible as Lilith.

This book explores the symbolism and history behind this beautiful relief. The figure wears the horned headdress characteristic of a Mesopotamian deity, and holds a rod and ring of justice, symbols of her divinity. Her long, once multi-coloured wings hang downwards, indicating that she is a goddess of the Underworld, while her legs end in the talons of a bird of prey, similar to those of the two owls that flank her. The background was originally painted black, suggesting that she was associated with the night.

  • Product Code: CMC50437
  • Product Weight: 0.14Kg
  • Author: Dominique Collon
  • Pages: 48
  • Format: Paperback
  • T.P: 3.00
  • Dimensions: H21 x L14.7cm
  • Illustrations: 15 colour and 4 b/w
  • Postage Weight: 0.85 Kg

This large Old Babylonian plaque, found in southern Iraq, was made between 1800 and 1750 BC. It is made of baked straw-tempered clay, modelled in high relief, and probably stood in a shrine. The figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war; or Ishtar's sister and rival, the goddess Ereshkigal who ruled over the Underworld; or the demoness Lilitu, known in the Bible as Lilith. This book explores the symbolism and history behind this beautiful relief. The figure wears the horned head-dress characteristic of a Mesopotamian deity and holds a rod and ring of justice, symbols of her divinity. Her long multi-coloured wings hang downwards, indicating that she is a goddess of the Underworld. Her legs end in the talons of a bird of prey, similar to those of the two owis that flank her. The background was originally painted black, suggesting that she was associated with the night.

Part of Objects in Focus range of books, a guide to the stunning Queen of the Night plaque.

This large Babylonian plaque, found in southern Iraq, was made between 1800-1750 BC. It is made of baked straw-tempered clay, modelled in high relief and probably stood in a shrine. The identity of the image isn’t known for certain; the figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war; or Ishtar’s sister and rival, the goddess Ereshkigal who ruled over the Underworld; or alternatively the demoness Lilitu, known in the Bible as Lilith.

This book explores the symbolism and history behind this beautiful relief. The figure wears the horned headdress characteristic of a Mesopotamian deity, and holds a rod and ring of justice, symbols of her divinity. Her long, once multi-coloured wings hang downwards, indicating that she is a goddess of the Underworld, while her legs end in the talons of a bird of prey, similar to those of the two owls that flank her. The background was originally painted black, suggesting that she was associated with the night.

  • Product Code: CMC50437
  • Product Weight: 0.14Kg
  • Author: Dominique Collon
  • Pages: 48
  • Format: Paperback
  • T.P: 3.00
  • Dimensions: H21 x L14.7cm
  • Illustrations: 15 colour and 4 b/w
  • Postage Weight: 0.85 Kg
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