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Lion Of Babylon On Ishtar Gate

Lion Of Babylon On Ishtar Gate

This closeup image captures the awe-inspiring Striding Lion of Babylon, a masterpiece wall relief crafted from polychrome glazed, fired bricks. Dating back to the Nebuchadnezzar II period in 562 B.C., this historical artifact originates from Babylon, Iraq, and bears witness to the grandeur of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. The meticulous detailing of the Striding Lion is a testament to the craftsmanship of its time. The polychrome glaze adorning the fired bricks brings the lion to life, creating a vibrant palette that adds to its regal allure. The lion is depicted in mid-stride, exuding a sense of power and majesty. Its muscular form and flowing mane capture the essence of strength and royalty, symbolizing the might of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. Noteworthy is the historical context of the Striding Lion, as it once adorned the walls of the palace's ceremonial hall. Similar in design to the lions lining the processional way from the Ishtar Gate to the temple of Marduk, these reliefs served as visual expressions of power and prestige during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II. Engaging in combat with a lion was considered a prestigious feat for a king, further elevating the symbolic importance of these creatures. The lion, in this cultural context, also holds significance as the symbol of Ishtar, the goddess of love and war. Ishtar, often depicted in her warlike aspect with a bow in hand, is associated with a chariot drawn by seven lions. The Striding Lion, therefore, becomes a representation not only of imperial might but also a nod to the divine, intertwining the realms of power and mythology in the ancient city of Babylon.

Image ID#: 32843 / Category: Architecture, Arts / Price: 499$
Lion Of Babylon On Ishtar Gate
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