11.5" h Bonded Stone and Polyresin, Hand-finished, Marble base.
Louvre Museum, Paris Babylonian, c. 2000 B.C.
So common in the Mesopotamian area were the clay figurines of Ishtar / Inanna / Astarte in her characteristic breast-offering pose, which has come to be known as the Ishtar pose, suggesting her function as the Goddess of all nourishment, and fertility. Addressed as Mother of the Fruitful Breast, Queen of Heaven, Light of the World, Creator of People, Mother of Deities, and River of Life, Ishtar is, above all, a lunar Goddess who gives life as the waxing moon and then withdraws it as the waning moon. The light and dark dimensions to her power suggest a lunar mythology which revolves around the connection made between the light and dark lunar phases and rhythmic alteration of the Earth's fertility.