Mushhushshu Dragon Single Note Card

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Stock up on blank note cards from the DIA. This card features an image of Mushhushshu-dragon, Symbol of the God Marduk.

The striding dragon was a portion of the decoration of one of the gates of the city of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar, whose appears in the Bible as the despoiler of Jerusalem (2 Kings 4:10–16, 25:8–15), ornamented the monumental entrance gate dedicated to Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, and the processional street leading to it with scores of pacing glazed brick animals: on the gate were alternating tiers of Marduk’s dragons and bulls of the weather god Adad; along the street were the lions sacred to Ishtar. All this brilliant decoration was designed to create a ceremonial entrance for the king in religious procession on the most important day of the New Year’s Festival.

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Mushhushshu-dragon, Symbol of the God Marduk, 604—562 BCE

Glazed ceramic

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