Babylonian terracotta decorative plaque, 2000 B.C.

This tablet depicts a naked woman wearing a curly-haired headdress and holding a vessel. This scene has been interpreted as a presentation of offerings, facts that these civilizations made daily in order to deliver tributes to gods to demonstrate their fidelity or to kings to show their respect and submission. It was common for them to be given animal sacrifices, as well as fruit and food or liquid like the one this offerer was supposed to carry in the ceramic container she was carrying. These types of terracotta objects were produced from molds and represent an art form available to a wide audience. They have been excavated in temples and shrines in private homes. Their themes vary widely, including religious images, mythological and erotic scenes, and depictions of rulers and gods.


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