Lion, Ishtar Gate, Neo-Babylonian, 604-562 B.C.
I'm a junkie on ancient Mesopotamian art. I can't go without a dose of its elegance and austerity. During college, I was lucky enough to view the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum when visiting Berlin. Later my dream came true, and I was able to view a section of this masterpiece every day when I worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts. I remember feeling a profound sense of wonder when I entered the sacred room at the Pergamon dwarfed by a gorgeous, blue tiled gate.
Below I finished my Courage charm in honor of my furry friend Hugo, and I'm considering incorporating his charm into an Ishtar Gate inspired bracelet with lapis, carnelian, and citrine. Definitely adornment fit for Wonder Woman!!
Courage, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry), fine silver, 2008