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Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
by
published on 31 March 2014

The figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war, or Ishtar's sister and rival, the goddess Ereshkigal who ruled over the Underworld, or the demoness Lilitu, known in the Bible as Lilith. The plaque probably stood in a shrine.

Old Babylonian era, 1800-1750 BCE, from southern Iraq (place of excavation is unknown), Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The British Museum, London)


About the Author

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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Cite This Work

APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2014, March 31). Queen of the night (or Burney's) Relief, Mesopotamia. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/2460/

Chicago Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Queen of the night (or Burney's) Relief, Mesopotamia." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 31, 2014. https://www.ancient.eu/image/2460/.

MLA Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Queen of the night (or Burney's) Relief, Mesopotamia." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 31 Mar 2014. Web. 23 Apr 2019.

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