Goddess Al-Lat and an Elderly God from Hatra

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 04 June 2019
Goddess Al-Lat and an Elderly God from Hatra

This limestone slab carved in relief shows two deities. On the right, the goddess Al-Lat is depicted, she wears a military dress and helmet and holds a spear in her right hand and a shield in her left arm. Her appearance is similar to Athena, and Medusa appears on her chest. The male deity on her right side was depicted smaller in size and is older in age but is unidentified. His left hand grasps a snake while his right hand stabs it.

This panel was placed on a stone base and the Aramaic inscription beside it mentions that it was dedicated by the priestess Martbo. From the 5th temple at Hatra, Ninawa Governorate, Iraq. Parthian period, 1st to 3rd century CE. On display at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, June 04). Goddess Al-Lat and an Elderly God from Hatra. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/10861/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Goddess Al-Lat and an Elderly God from Hatra." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified June 04, 2019. https://www.ancient.eu/image/10861/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Goddess Al-Lat and an Elderly God from Hatra." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 04 Jun 2019. Web. 18 Oct 2019.

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