An Old Babylonian terracotta plaque depicting a bearded standing god, his left hand held to his chest and holding a sceptre. One either side are two much smaller figures depicting ordinary mortals holding offerings. The reverse is unmodelled.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact with encrustations to the surface.
Old Babylonian period: Circa. 1900–1600 BC.
Provenance: From a British 1980’s-1990’s collection of cuneiform tablets and plaques which was examined in the 1980s by Professor Lambert, Professor of Archaeology at Birmingham University. Many of the tablets and pieces (but not this one) were accompanied by his own detailed notes.
For similar see Plate XVIIIc; P.R.S. Moorey: The Terracotta Plaques for Kish and Huragkalama 1850-1650 BC.
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.
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VAT no: 337067888 / Margin scheme - second hand goods
- Babylonian Plaque of Bearded God Nergal
- 14.2×8.3×1.9 cm
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 1900–1600 BC.
- Damage, See Photo