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Ishtar by GENZOMAN Ishtar by GENZOMAN
Hi guys! another pic I done a time ago :) this time the goddess ishtar, hope you like it :)

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Lets wikiattack!

Ishtar is the Assyrian and Babylonian counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna and to the cognate north-west Semitic goddess Astarte. Is a goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. In the Babylonian pantheon, she "was the divine personification of the planet Venus"

Ishtar was above all associated with sexuality: her cult involved sacred prostitution; her holy city Uruk was called the "town of the sacred courtesans"; and she herself was the "courtesan of the gods". Ishtar had many lovers; however, as Guirand notes,

"Woe to him whom Ishtar had honoured! The fickle goddess treated her passing lovers cruelly, and the unhappy wretches usually paid dearly for the favours heaped on them. Animals, enslaved by love, lost their native vigour: they fell into traps laid by men or were domesticated by them. 'Thou has loved the lion, mighty in strength', says the hero Gilgamesh to Ishtar, 'and thou hast dug for him seven and seven pits! Thou hast loved the steed, proud in battle, and destined him for the halter, the goad and the whip.'

Even for the gods Ishtar's love was fatal. In her youth the goddess had loved Tammuz, god of the harvest, and—if one is to believe Gilgamesh—this love caused the death of Tammuz.

Ishtar was the daughter of Sin or Anu. She was particularly worshiped at Nineveh and Arbela (Erbil). Her symbol is an eight pointed star.

One of the most famous myths about Ishtar describes her descent to the underworld. In this myth, Ishtar approaches the gates of the underworld and demands that the gatekeeper open them:

"If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
And the dead will outnumber the living."

The gatekeeper hurried to tell Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld. Ereshkigal told the gatekeeper to let Ishtar enter, but "according to the ancient decree".

The gatekeeper lets Ishtar into the underworld, opening one gate at a time. At each gate, Ishtar has to shed one article of clothing. When she finally passes the seventh gate, she is naked. In rage, Ishtar throws herself at Ereshkigal, but Ereshkigal orders her servant Namtar to imprison Ishtar and unleash sixty diseases against her.

The Epic of Gilgamesh contains an episode involving Ishtar which portrays her as bad-tempered, petulant and spoiled by her father.

She asks the hero Gilgamesh to marry her, but he refuses, citing the fate that has befallen all her many lovers:

Listen to me while I tell the tale of your lovers. There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year. You loved the many-coloured roller, but still you struck and broke his wing [...] You have loved the lion tremendous in strength: seven pits you dug for him, and seven. You have loved the stallion magnificent in battle, and for him you decreed the whip and spur and a thong [...] You have loved the shepherd of the flock; he made meal-cake for you day after day, he killed kids for your sake. You struck and turned him into a wolf; now his own herd-boys chase him away, his own hounds worry his flanks."

Angered by Gilgamesh's refusal, Ishtar goes up to heaven and complains to her father the high god Anu that Gilgamesh has insulted her. She demands that Anu give her the Bull of Heaven. Anu points out that it was her fault for provoking Gilgamesh, but she warns that if he refuses, she will do exactly what she told the gatekeeper of the underworld she would do if he didn't let her in:

"If you refuse to give me the Bull of Heaven.I will break in the doors of hell and smash the bolts; there will be confusion of people, those above with those from the lower depths. I shall bring up the dead to eat food like the living; and the hosts of the dead will outnumber the living."

Anu gives Ishtar the Bull of Heaven, and Ishtar sends it to attack Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu. Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill the Bull and offer its heart to the sun-god Shamash.
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xXSnowySlasherXx Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Someone stole this and altered it: The Banshee Queen, Delyssandro by GMD-girl93
SeedOfTheSky Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
A different depiction of the goddess that I haven't seen before. Unique and I love all the information you put in for all your works :)
Nabu-Hoshi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
This is just simply awesome....just like all of your other artworks. I always tried to create some sort of art based on the original sculpture of her, but this is far, it's even impossible to compare the two designs.....

My name is also based on the Sumerian God of Knowledge, Nabu, but I sadly recognized, that you never made any artworks of him T__T 
Anyway, I love your work, and the watch is going! Keep up!
Suiyin02 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks like a fusion of Dark Magician Girl and Harpie Lady from Yugioh!
Looks great!;) (Wink) 
EarthPhantomTS Featured By Owner Edited Feb 16, 2015   Writer
Heh, you know, if she were to approach me, looking like this, and ask me to be her lover, I'd jump in bed with her in a heartbeat :horny:.  I don't care how crazy she is, or how sleeping with her would be signing my death warrant :love:!

But, then again, I always do let my pussy do my thinking for me ^^;.  I mean, Gilgamesh maybe made the right decision for him (basically it was between a 100% chance of death, and a 50% chance of death, in his case (he's strong enough to fight a deity with a very real chance of success, but not a deity), and he went with the 50% chance of death), but I feel like certain death would be worth getting down and dirty with a deity as awesome, sexy, and devious as Ishtar :love:!  Plus, it's not like I could survive her wrath ^^; (I know some combat magic, but I'm still just a gnat compared to a deity whose portfolio includes not only sex (the greatest force in human nature) but war), so might as well, right ;)?
ask-theangelofsouls Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Dude, if anyone would want her, it's me.
xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Istar should wear Blue Chaldean Robes
EarthPhantomTS Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015   Writer
Yeah, that's true, but I can chalk her unusual outfit up to "artistic license".  He drew Bahamut and Tiamat as dragons, after all.  Also, I personally say this outfit works just fine.
xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student General Artist
I didn't say I wasn't kosher with it, but I just am speaking from historical context
Oobemu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
SOMEBODY really wants to get locked up. Yeah, I'm talking to you, you rapist!
EarthPhantomTS Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015   Writer
Did this on the wrong pic or something?  How exactly does "drawing sexy women of myth" = "wannabe rapist"?  Seriously, how?!
arshan272 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Zombie-D-Bebop Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
FadiB Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Do you get commissioned to produce these pieces? Im in interested in having something painted
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So Dazzilin' Dark ! :love:
Deveneta Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer many time you need to creat a drawing like this ?
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7in-kun Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Excelente, como todos tus trabajos, me gustaria que te inspires y hagas algunos relacionados con mitologia sumeria (bueno inanna ya esta aca). Tenés a anu, enki, enlil, ninhursag, ninurta, marduk, ningizzida, los igigi, etc.
Saludos desde Argentina!
TheGreatPretender3 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say, this is beautiful.
HibernaLupus Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Ok, now you HAVE to draw Gilgamesh. Or Enkidu. Or both.
Draaky Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
saishadow Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
she looks awsome
real124c41 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow she is gorgeus :tears:
MarvaraTorrent Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Beautiful Work ^^
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Now why couldn't the movie "Ishtar" be about THAT?
Z-LOT847 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
kinda reminds me of bayonetta...
CannibalxGoats Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
You should totally do one of Ereshkigal, too o_o
Sper3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
what are those blades she's holding
HollowDelusions Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
She is also known as:

Ashtart, Ashtoereth, Asherah, and Astoreth to the Akkadians

Isis, Ashtet and Aset to the Egyptians

Tanit-Ashtart and Ashtaroth to the Phoenecians

and is the "demon" Astaroth.
twincastX Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
stunning art!!!
kkshi99 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
ishtar, i alredy meet this girl...
magnificent. <3
redgunslinger Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
i always enjoyed looking your artwork,and read those descriptions...keep up your amazing work flow
haihailittlebunny Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Amazing!! Very nice as always
ectoborge Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
She looks like Bayonetta
BlackStarsShineToo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*....goes to a corner....sits down with face to wall....trys to find a way how someone can draw find a way....... .. ..... .... dies...*
how can you draw as good as this??? Q.Q
i get jealous! 8<
LoZCollector Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awww, don't feel bad! GENZOMAN is one of the best mythic artists on DeviantArt. Nearly everyone looks bad next to him. I'm sure you're a good artist! And if you're not (like me), find another talent! For instance, I can't draw for beans, but I'm a decent enough writer, or so I've been acclaimed. ^_^
DesultoryMoonlighter Featured By Owner May 31, 2011   Artist
Ishtar has some lovely legs... and feet.
DesultoryMoonlighter Featured By Owner May 31, 2011   Artist
Ishtar has some lovely legs... and feet.
tsukiyomi-akane Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love...i truly do... o~o
FRANTICDEATH0 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice excelente trabajo man
Anju92 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
you're a genius! BEAUTIFUL!!!!*O*
DigitalPhantomCat Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Hm...sounds like a spoiled brat to me. Pretty though.
HybridNightmar3 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wooow thislooks so amazing and the wiki is so interesting!!! i cant stop reading them!
Silvertide Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Beautiful picture and I love how in the wiki, she threatens to unleash the undead on mankind. I smell a potential explaination for every zombie story ever written; Ishtar opened the doors of the underworld and let the zombies out!
Tenshinaki Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Wow! she is really pretty! You are amazing and really talented!
Enferlain Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Omg, your awesome in drawing mythical persons. (Bathory, Lilith, Ishtar, etc)
iammyownbestfriend Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
love the wings, everything is awesome !
ViperagonZero Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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