Ishtar (Akkadian), Astarte (Phoenician), or Inanna (Sumerian) was the most important female deity in Mesopotamia throughout the second millennium BC. She was identified with the planet Venus and with the sunrise, and was recognised as the goddess of both sexual love and warfare. The Greeks identified her with Aphrodite.
Old Babylonian Plaque of Ishtar
An Old Babylonian cream pottery plaque. One side of the plaque is moulded to depict a richly dressed goddess, probably Ishtar, wearing an ornate headdress and possibly lying on a bed. The reverse is flat and unmodelled, and the plaque is supplied with a purpose-made metal display stand (height with stand 15.8 cms).
Provenance: Old German collection.
Condition: Very Fine condition; complete and intact.