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Terracotta: AN1924.671

Object: Upper part of Plaque

Period: Bronze Age: Akkadian to Old Babylonian Period

Dimensions: H: 6.5cm. W: 6.1cm.

Region: Sumer

Description: man and woman in low relief; mouldmade with incised detail; baked; cream slip on pinkish buff fabric; to left: a man shown full-face with incised hair retained by a brow-band; square beard, marked by incised vertical lines, flanked by side-locks with curling ends; right arm bent with the hand on his abdomen; his left arm embraces the woman on the right, as her left arm does him, emerging with her left hand on his upper right arm; the lower part of his garment (marked with incised vertical lines); is now missing; to right: a woman shown full-face with her hair dressed into bunches on either side of the head and in a pile on the top, all retained by a brow-band and marked with incised vertical lines; traces of a choker necklace; her garment has a prominent upper border running above the breasts and across her shoulder; below the breasts (which may be exposed); what survives of the skirt is marked with incised vertical lines; incised framing line round the plaque's inner edge.

Reference: ANET-23Bronze1MesII-Catalogue-2.

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