Old Babylonian Torso of Goddess Ereshkigal
An ancient Old Babylonian large terracotta high-relief plaque fragment depicting the lower torso and upper legs of a nude female deity, likely the underworld goddess, Ereshkigal. The vestiges of her feathered wings are evident at her hips.
Old Babylonian Period.
This fragment is nearly identical to the complete 'Queen of the Night Relief,' now in the British Museum. There the winged female deity has clawed talon feet which rest upon recumbent lions. She wears a crown and is flanked by two large owls. The goddess has been variously identified as Lilith, Ishtar, or Ereshkigal. Ereshkigal, the goddess of the underworld, is the most likely attribution.
cf.: J. Aruz, ed., Beyond Babylon, (New York, 2009), pp. 22-23, cat. no. 2, fig. 11, (British Museum, inv. no. 2003-7-18,1).
Formerly in the A.L. collection, Munich, acquired in 1956, with a label reading 'Mutanno,' perhaps Al Muthanna, the region of ancient Uruk.