Old Babylonian Terracotta Plaque with Athletes

Culture: Sumerian
Period: Early 2nd millennium B.C.
Material: Clay
Dimensions: 11.5 cm x 8.3 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 6388
Provenance: Private collection Shlomo Moussaieff (1925-2015), Israel. Acquired between 1948 and 2000.
Condition: Left lower corner broken in ancient times, unrestored.
Description: Clay tablet with a very sculptural depiction of two male athletes in a wrestling match. The bearded men wear tight caps and a belt around their bellies. They are leaning forward and grabbing each other between their legs. See for the depiction the clay tablet with boxers in the British Museum with the registration number 1856,0903.1522. Possibly from Larsa. Mounted.