Head of the goddess Ishtar

On display


  • Title

    Head of the goddess Ishtar

  • Associated place

    Uruk (find spot)
    Baghdad (place of purchase)
  • Date

    750 BC - 600 BC
  • Material and technique

    terracotta, probably mould-made

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7 cm (width)
    13 cm (height)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by H. Weld-Blundell, 1923.

  • Museum location

    Ground floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
  • Museum department


  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    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)

Further reading

Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 219, p.145, illus. p.145

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