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Rectangular female fertility plaque
Date1380 BC - 1250 BC
Middle Bronze Age (Syria) (2000 - 1600 BC)
Material and technique
terracotta, mould-made or stamped
Dimensions1.4 cm (depth)
3.4 cm (width)
6.8 cm (height)
No. of items
Allocated by the Trustees of the British Museum, 1948.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
Mouldmade or stamped design in relief; baked; greenish-buff fabric; nude female standing on the head of a horned animal. She is framed in an oval by the horns, which are depicted with "feathered" edges. They join at the top below a winged disk; her legs are together with the pubic triangle incised; her arms are held out with elbows bent, hands up, each grasping the flanking horns; a bird is precariously perched on the horn on either side just above her hands. She also appears to hold back her garments to reveal her sex; she has a necklace with pendant; the face details are shown and she has a tiered conical headdress ("Hittite" crown).
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), 263, p.174, illus. p.174