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English: Ishtar Vase
Français : Vase d'Ishtar
English: Detail of ancient Mesopotamian so-called "Ishtar Vase", terracotta with cut, moulded, and painted decoration, from Larsa, early 2nd millennium BC.

Shows a representation of the goddess Ishtar (Inana/Inanna), naked, winged and wearing a version of the horned cap or tiara of divinity. The pubic triangle and belly-button are heavily emphasized, while the breasts were crudely scratched in as an afterthought. For discussion of similar artistic depictions, and whether they are always truly of Ishtar, see Gods, Demons, and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary by Jeremy Black and Anthony Green (1992, ISBN 0-292-70794-0), p. 144.

She is surrounded by birds, fish, a bull and a tortoise (not visible in this crop).
Français : Ishtar nue, coiffée de la tiare à cornes, entourée par des oiseaux, des poissons, un taureau et une tortue.
Date between circa 1999 and circa 1599 BC
date QS:P571,-1500-00-00T00:00:00Z/6,P1319,-1999-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1326,-1599-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902
Medium terracotta
medium QS:P186,Q60424
; painted decoration and incised decoration
Dimensions Height: 26.2 cm (10.3 ″); Diameter: 13 cm (5.1 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,26.2U174728;P2386,13U174728
institution QS:P195,Q19675
Current location
Mésopotamie, room 3: Mésopotamie, IIe millénaire avant J.-C.. Richelieu, ground floor.
This work is part of the collections of the Louvre (Department of Near Eastern Antiquities).
Accession number
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Credit line : excavated by André Parrot. Place: Larsa.
References Musée du Louvre, Atlas database: entry 24753
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