Relief of Al-Lat from Hatra

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 04 June 2019
Relief of Al-Lat from Hatra Download Full Size Image

This carved scene in relief depicts 3 women above a standing and roaring lion. In the middle Al-Lat (also Allat, Allatu, and Alilat) wears a wonderful military attire and head cap (similar to Athena). Her right arm holds a long spear while the left hand holds a shield. Medusa appears on her chest. Al-Lat stands on both feet.

She is flanked by two smaller female figures; both of them raise their right hand in salutation while their left hands grasp and lift up an elegant garment. They also stand on their left foot while their right foot is a little bit relaxed, unlike Al-Lat. It is unknown whether these females represent worshippers or the goddesses Manat and al-Uzza.

From the 5th temple at Hatra, Ninawa Governorate, Iraq. Parthian period, 1st to 3rd century CE. On display at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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