my babylonian-babillim Picture

"ishtar:
an ancient semitic goddess, probably originally associated with the planet Venus. In the Akkadian period she was identified with the Sumerian Inanna but retained her war-like character. In the second millenium she was promoted to the role of the queen of heaven as the consort of Anu, equal in rank with the other astral deities. Her martial prowess and violence (personified by her aspect of 'bearded Ishtar' ) were offset by her mother-goddess characteristics and by her particular concern: erotic attraction." Cotterell, A. 2002 Encyclopedia of World Mythology

the original piece can be seen in Istanbul Archeology Museum...I only tried to reproduce a gouache copy of this historic piece only to personalize and own it.

gizem 08.02.2006
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