A terracotta figural plaque, generally referred to as the “Queen of the Night,” may have once been the centerpiece of an Old Babylonian shrine in the 18th century BC. It depicts a woman wearing a horned crown and holding a rod and ring (symbols of justice and divine authority) in each of her raised hands. Her divine nature is confirmed by the wings on her back and the transformation of her lower legs from human to avian. She stands on the backs of two lions, flanked by two owls.
Although her identity remains unknown, based on the composition and attributes the figure is probably Inanna/Ishtar, the goddess associated with love, beauty, justice, and political power.
• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²) • Giclée printing quality • Opacity: 94% • ISO brightness: 104%