The Ishtar Gate is part of the collection of the Museum of the Ancient Near East and it belongs to the complex of collections of the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
This magnificent monument was built in 575 BC under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar II. The Ishtar Gate represents one of the most significative monuments of the late-babylonian art. The facade covered with dark blue glazed bricks is decorated in bas-relief technique with bulls and dragon-like beings. On the left side of the gate is present the inscription of the King Nebuchadnezzar II about the foundation of the gate. This construction is dedicated to the assyrian-babylonian fertility Goddes Ishtar and the gate is connected to the Processional Way, on both side of which are represented stepping lions. The Gate and the Processional Way were used for ritual purposes celebrating the Myth of Ishtar’s journey into the underworld to get back Tammuz - Ishtar’s beloved and God of the Harvest.
Homepage of the Pergamon Museum in Berlin: smb.museum/smb/standorte/index.php?lang=en&p=2&objID=27&n=1&r=4
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