The cover of SAACT 6
shows an Old Babylonian terracotta relief depicting
the goddess Ištar (the paragon of the human
soul) in her supernal and infernal aspects.
The crowned head, wings, and the rod and
ring held by the goddess (a symbol of perfection)
symbolize her celestial origin and return
to heaven, while her naked body and clawed feet
associate her with Ereškigal, Queen of Hell,
and symbolize her descent and defilement
in the Netherworld.
(The Burney Relief, ME 2003-7-18,1
Courtesy Trustees of the British Museum)