May she shatter his weapons on the field of battle and conflict; may she create confusion (and) revolt for him! May she strike down his warriors, (and) water the earth with their blood! May she throw up a heap of his warriors’ bodies on the plain; may she show his warriors no mercy!
Strap fitting in the form of a nude female, perhaps the goddess Ishtar.
Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Old Babylonian Period, 1894–1595 B.C.
Height x width: 13 x 5 cm (5 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)
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Reclining Woman, 1595
Reza Abbasi (1565-1635)
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Reza Abbasi,17th c
Bowl Dedicated to the Goddess Inanna
An alabaster bowl dedicated by a merchant named AK-Enlil to the goddess Inanna, whose name is written in the far right column. The inscription is in Sumerian.
Inanna (or Inana) is the Sumerian name of the goddess Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, and one of the more complicated deities in the Mesopotamian pantheon. In the early period from which this vase comes, she is usually listed in the top tier of the pantheon after Anu and Enlil.
Nippur, Early Dynastic IIIa (c. 2600-2500 BCE).
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image from CDLI.
The Star of Ishtar, a Babylonian symbol, depicted on a clay plaque from ancient Babylonia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.
Photo by Babylon Chronicle
With your strength, my lady, teeth can crush flint.
The legend, written in Akkadian, describes how Ishtar, goddess of sexuality and warfare, went to the Underworld. Ishtar decided to undertake the journey, although the Underworld was known as the ‘land of no return’ for humans and gods alike. On the way down she passes through seven doorways and each time the gatekeeper removes from her the symbols and clothes of her divinity. Eventually Ishtar comes face to face with Erishkigal, the goddess of death, and collapses. All sexual activity stops on earth. The gods are distraught and Ea, god of wisdom, creates an impotent boy who is attractive to Erishkigal. He manages to persuade Erishkigal to have Ishtar sprinkled with the waters of life and revived. Ishtar passes back through the seven doors, and regains her clothing and attributes.
Neo-Assyrian era, 7th century BCE, from Nineveh, northern Iraq, part of the library of King Ashurbanipal, 669-631 BCE. (The British Museum, London).
Ishtar, who is the planet Venus, with her eight-pointed star, with the moon god Sin and the sun god Shamash
The figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war, or Ishtar’s sister and rival, the goddess Ereshkigal who ruled over the Underworld, or the demoness Lilitu, known in the Bible as Lilith. The plaque probably stood in a shrine.
Old Babylonian era, 1800-1750 BCE, from southern Iraq (place of excavation is unknown), Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The British Museum, London).
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