This etching was based on several original drawings I did that were of a fired clay relief tablet, which is now in The British Museum. The artifact dates from between 1800 to 1750 B. C., and is from Old Babylonian in southern Iraq. The etching depicts a goddess, one thought to be a deity of the Underworld. Symbols of her divinity include the horned headdress, which is typical of Mesopotamian deities. She also carries the symbols of justice, the rod and ring, in each hand. The figure could be Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of erotic love and battles, or the sister of Ishtar, the goddess Ereshkigal, Ruler of the Realm of the Dead. Others believe this woman could also represent the Old testament Lilith, the first created women before Eve, who rejected Adam as a husband and went on to mate with angels. The techniques used are intaglio, drypoint and aquatint. The zinc plate I used measured 8 inches high by 6 inches wide, or 20.3cm x 15.24cm. The etching size is 15 x 11 inches, 38.1 cm by 28cm. This work is from a published, limited edition of only 35 original etchings. The work was hand printed and published by the artist at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please note that this etching is shipped to the collector without a frame or mat. This keeps the price low and allows the collector personal choice in mat selection and framing. A sturdy cardboard box is employed for shipping the work. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping carton and securely packed with bubble wrap. The Absolute Arts Dot Com price includes all handling costs, shipment supplies, and the coast of the shipment box. Mailing costs are added.