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Terracotta: AN1927.3286

Object: Fragment of a model chariot front with a relief scene on the inside

Period: Bronze Age: Akkadian to Old Babylonian Period

Dimensions: 10 x 6.8cm.

Region: Sumer

Find Spot: Tell Uhaimir, (X.17: Tell Uhaimir: surface)

Description: mouldmade; baked; overfired to a green colour; eroded surface; only the upper right side survives, with part of the superstructure of the chariot front pierced with two holes for reins; on the inside Ishtar is shown full-face with horned crown, broken off across her lower body; in her left hand she brandishes a sceptre: a central staff with swollen head flanked on each side by a projecting dragon's head; two curled projections on either side of her body at waist level may relate to weapons strapped to her back

Reference: ANET-23Bronze1MesII-Catalogue-1.