“This small ceramic figure probably represents a Mesopotamian goddess, perhaps Lilith (the Judaic-Christian Adam’s first wife) or Ishtar (a “mistress of animals” type). This identification can be made because of the animal legs and tail that appear below the fully formed human head and torso. Recent research indicates that the Assyrians associated this hybrid form with female demons, the Lilitu. These demons attacked women and children as well as preyed sexually upon men (much like the succubi).
Because this work is most likely a votive figure that would be purchased by a pilgrim as an offering to a holy site or temple, it is most likely that of a goddess.
The female figurine is made of clay that was pressed into a mould, but the legs and tail were shaped by hand. If you look closely at the legs, you will notice finger prints made by the artist, probably while applying the iron oxide slip (the red color loosely applied on the object).”