Ishtar’s Descent to the Great Below

 
 

This popular and profound Mesopotamian story tells how Ishtar goes to the land of the dead in the world below ruled by her sister Ereshkigal. At each of the seven gates to the world below Ishtar is made to remove a symbol of her power. When she arrives in Ereshkigal’s throne-room she is “naked and bowed low”. The sisters confront each other. Ishtar is killed and hung from a peg on the wall like a water-skin. She is rescued by two tiny creatures created from the mud under his finger-nails by Enki, the dingir of fresh water and wisdom.

This story inspired paintings in the online art gallery of the Enheduanna Society:
Exhibition 2010       Exhibition 2011

 

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Ishtar sculpture

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June and friend

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Badia

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