Head of the goddess IshtarOn display
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Head of the goddess Ishtar
Date750 BC - 600 BC
Material and technique
terracotta, probably mould-made
Dimensions7 cm (width)
13 cm (height)
No. of items
Presented by H. Weld-Blundell, 1923.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Solid; dark brown fabric; discoloured by the resin used to conserve it; badly fractured and fissured; top and back of head missing, broken off at the neck; mouldmade(?); tall divine headdress with three pairs of horns and hair arranged in scalloped waves across the brow below the lowest horns; eyebrows and eyes delicately outline; nose, mouth and ears damaged; hair in mass of curls below the ears at shoulder level, bunched on either side. Cut off at the top of the neck for mounting in modern times.
In: Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 219, p.145, illus. p.145