8 June 2001
AN OLD BABYLONIAN TERRACOTTA PLAQUE
Circa 1900-1750 B.C.
The long rounded plaque molded with a facing figure of the bearded god Nergal, ruler of the Nether Regions and god of pestilence, with bull's horns projecting from his crown and bull's ears projecting from the sides of his face, his hair falling in two locks that terminate in spirals on either side of his beard, his left hand at his chest holding a lion-headed mace, the head of the lion at his left shoulder, his right hand at his side, his body divided into three horizontal registers, each with groups of figures, with bull's horns projecting from his crown
6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) high
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For a similar example see no. 122 in Oates, Babylon.
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