Old Babylonian Clay Plaque of a Seated Figure


An Old Babylonian, fired clay plaque, depicting a long-bearded male figure, most likely a king or worshipper, seated in profile. He is portrayed wearing a headdress, a flounced layered robe and a tunic draped over his left shoulder. Both arms are bent at the elbows, with the right hand holding a vessel. The back of the plaque is unworked.

Date: Circa 1894–1595 BC
Provenance: Ex London dealer collection, acquired 1980s-2000s.
Condition: Fine condition, chip to one side. Abrassions to the edges and encrustation consistent with age.

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Following the collapse of the Ur III states, the Isin and Babylonian kings took control of southern Mesopotamia successively. Most famous of the Babylonian kings was Hammurabi who transformed the city of Babylon into the capital of Mesopotamia from humble beginnings.

Terracotta plaques of this sort were mass-produced from moulds and represent a form of “mass” art available to ordinary Babylonians. They have been found in temples as well as household shrines in private homes. The subject matter was heavily influenced by the iconographies of Mesopotamian cylinder seals and varies widely from religious images, mythological and erotic scenes, to representations of rulers and gods.

Weight 219.0 g
Dimensions W 10 x H 13 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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