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Ishtar by JessiBeans Ishtar by JessiBeans
Part 3 of 6

Ishtar was the ancient Sumero-Babylonian goddess of love and fertility. She is often described as the daughter of Anu, the god of the air. In most of the myths concerning her, she is described as an evil, heartless, women who destroyed her mates and lovers.

In the great epic of Gilgamesh, she tried to make Gilgamesh her husband, but he refused her and reminded her of her former lovers, whom she mercilessly killed or left injured. She reported this to her father, Anu, and he gave her the mystical bull of heaven to avenge herself. Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu stopped and killed the mighty creature and threw its headless body at her feet. They also insulted her, and she responded by sending disease to kill Gilgamesh's best friend Enkidu.

This is the third of a six piece portfolio for Independent Study in Digital Drawing, with piece examining a uniquely feminine trait as represented by a goddess. Ishtar represents jealousy.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Illustrator 10.0.3 and my Precioussssss
Image ME!!! 2006
Textures from [link]
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Fated-to-Love-You Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
isn't she referred to as Innana in the epic of Gilgamesh?
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fedoraStorm Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Inanna is one of her other names, yes.
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MyMercifulAzrael Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool! Perfect.
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crazyphangirl Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
OOH I am working on a novel about Semiramis, and have encounter Ishtar in the readings....I love this!
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
wonderfull pic!
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous. Dramatic, colourful, and authentic. I'm in love ^^
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TheObsessiveBrowser Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Excellent & then some !! So many of the ancient heroine figures & goddesses have so much in common that it's hard to believe there's not some common ground somewhere. :)
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Miera42 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
totally awesome pic, love the middle-eatern style (: would almost say arabian, but that is the wrong area ^^ totally wish i could do art like this :/ but that is something else....complete fave! *thumbs up*
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Spriglief Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Also, it does not have Sumarian period clothing... This is more Arabic or Persian.
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Spriglief Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It has to much of a Disney look to me.
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