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An Exhibition of Ancient Mesopotamian Art

A Gathering of the Gods - the Power of Mesopotamian Religion

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Old Babylonian Lady with Flowing Vases
Mesopotamia; Old Babylonian Period, 1800-1600 BC; Height 3.9 inches

A mold-made, tan terracotta plaque in raised relief shows a standing female figure with a long flounced dress as the Lady of the Flowing Vases. This individual, known from an almost life-size statue found at Mari, is associated with the source of the pure waters, and the god of fresh waters, Ea. She holds two vases, one in each hand at her stomach. Two streams of fresh water flow from the vases, one to the right and one to the left, then down into two other vases placed at her sides. She has a full hairdo with no divine crown.