Ishtar Gate, Babylon. Processional Way, detail of one guardian lion.
6th c BCE Iraqui Babylonian (Neo) Architectural Sculpture
(625 BCE - 539 BCE)
604 BCE-562 BCE
6th c BCE
Clay; Brick; Glaze
Firing (clay); Molded; Glazing (clay)
Berlin. Pergamon Museum (Antiken-Sammlung)[Antiquities Coll.]
"Part of the famous reconstructed defensive Ishtar Gate of Babylon, this is a frontal view of one guardian lion on the wall of the associated Processional Way. The relief lion represents Ishtar: Goddess of love and war. Fired and glazed clay bricks (w/ some molded) make up the walls façade. The walls also include patterned bands and rosettes."