RARE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ANTIQUES Plaque Queen of the Night Old Babylon BC. This large plaque is made of Stone, modeled in high relief. The figure of the curvaceous naked woman was originally painted red. She wears the horned headdress characteristic of a Mesopotamian deity and holds a rod and ring of justice, symbols of her divinity. Her long multi-colored wings hang downwards, indicating that she is a goddess of the Underworld.
Her legs end in the talons of a bird of prey, similar to those of the two owls that flank her. The background was originally painted black, suggesting that she was associated with the night. She stands on the backs of two lions, and a scale pattern indicates mountains. The figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war, or Ishtar's sister and rival, the goddess Ereshkigal who ruled over the Underworld, or the demoness Lilitu, known in the Bible as Lilith.The plaque probably stood in a shrine. Condition: Good Condition As shown in pictures. Provenance: Stone in the Desert of the Egyptian City of Luxor. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Other Decorative Collectibles". The seller is "authentic_egypt_bazaar" and is located in this country: EG. This item can be shipped worldwide.