14045. Mesopotamian Terracotta Relief Plaque w/ Erotic Depiction
Near East, Sumer or Babylon, ca. 2nd to 1st millennium BCE
A press mold formed terracotta relief plaque of a rough rectangular form. The scene consists of a female engaged in lascivious behavior in a frontal position in relief. Size: 5 inches H x 3-5/8 inches W.+ custom mount.
Good surface, some erosion. Ex DK NY private Collection, Acq 2006
Baked clay plaques were mass-produced in southern Mesopotamia from the second millennium BC. They show informal scenes and reflect the private face of life. Though their exact purpose is not clear, they may have had magical or religious significance.
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