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)
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