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figure-mould

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    103226

  • Description

    Baked clay mould for nude figure of Ishtar, with hands at breasts and a horned crown, wings or cloak and talon feet.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2000BC-1750BC (?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 12 centimetres
    • Width: 6 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    A terracotta figurine of this type was acquired in 1994 (1994-10-1,1), both offering smaller mass-produced versions of the figure known as the "Burney relief" or "Queen of the Night" (2003-7-18,1).

  • Bibliography

    • Collon 2005b bibliographic details
    • Curtis & Collon 1996a bibliographic details
    • BM Return 1911 p. 66 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G56/MES1/23

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2012 Nov, Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, 'Arabian Nights'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1910

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    103226

  • Registration number

    1910,1112.4


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