Babylonian terracotta decorative plaque, 2000 B.C.

Material:  Terracotta
Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  17 x 9 cm
Provenance:  Archaeological Gallery, Israel, 2006. Export authorization from the Israel Antiquities Authority No. 2801 with date 02/04/2006 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2019/04245 with date 25/07/2019 and certificate of authenticity.
Exhibited:  Feriarte, IFEMA (Madrid, 16-24 November 2019)
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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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