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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    124963

  • Description

    Limestone statue of a woman; carved; a cuneiform inscription on the back states that the King erected it for the enjoyment of the people. Much of the surfaces are lost but the details of the pubic hair are carefully carved.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 93 centimetres (figure to mount)
    • Width: 48 centimetres (figure at shoulder)
    • Width: 28 centimetres (figure at waist)
    • Width: 34 centimetres (figure at hips)
    • Width: 25 centimetres (figure above ankles)
    • Depth: 30 centimetres (figure at chest/rump)
    • Height: 19 centimetres (mount to start of object)
    • Width: 35.5 centimetres (mount)
    • Depth: 26.5 Missing value (mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
      • Inscription Comment

        States that the king erected the statue for the enjoyment of the people.
  • Curator's comments

    Originally set up in the temple of Ishtar. This is the only known Assyrian statue of a naked woman, and may represent Ishtar in her role as the goddess of love

  • Bibliography

    • Budge & King 1902a 152 bibliographic details
    • Gadd 1936b p.124 bibliographic details
    • Reade 1993a p.47, fig.10 bibliographic details
    • Curtis 1995d pl. 6 (wrongly cited as 124693) bibliographic details
    • Grayson, RIMA 2 RIM.A.0.89.10 bibliographic details
    • Hall H R 1928a XI bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G55/dc13

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    Assyrian Room

  • Condition

    Reverse is badly abraded; missing the head

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Acquisition notes

    Discovered by Rassam in 1853, close to the 'Broken Obelisk' (118898) and "in the same ditch"; recorded by C. Hodder in Or.Dr.VI,xlvii; shipped from Basra to Bombay on the Acbar in March 1854; from Bombay to London on the Merchantman, arriving London February 1855.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    124963

  • Registration number

    1856,0909.60

Limestone statue of a woman; only known Assyrian statue of a naked woman, and may represent Ishtar in her role as the goddess of love; an inscription on the back states that the King erected it for the enjoyment of the people.

Limestone statue of a woman; only known Assyrian statue of a naked woman, and may represent Ishtar in her role as the goddess of love; an inscription on the back states that the King erected it for the enjoyment of the people.

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