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Ishtar, Assyrian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex.
Allegoric interpretation.
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ElisefLee Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
The detail on her feet/talons is amazing and disgusting at the same time. This is fierce.
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GolloDko Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Sabroso
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VMJML1er Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   General Artist
wow , possible in prometheus 2 or 3
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IshakoV Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Shlamalqun Ana evain ashurie that means in Aramaic hello I am Assyrian, and may I add that Ishtar is one of many powerful gods she is a goddess who represents war I'v never scene her in this manor?
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talfar Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Shalom! Your Ishtar is very interesting, stunning and beautiful!
I like Anunnaki very much!
Please, look my arts of Sumerian and Akkadian mythology!

Inanna and Shukalletuda:
[link]

Inanna and Gaygamesh:
[link]

Gaygamesh and Enkidu - kiss:
[link]

Abuni ang Singamil - Sumerian gay-lovers:
[link]

Sumerian god Enki:
[link]

Inanna and Enki - Stealing Me:
[link]

Yong Dumuzi and Yong Ishkur:
[link]

Dumuzi - the Good Shepard:
[link]

Inanna and Dumuzi - wedding:
[link]

Nergal and Ninurta:
[link]

Nergal and Ereshkigal - love:
[link]

Nergal and Jesus Christ - sex:
[link]

Jesus and Satan:
[link]

Ninurta and shumerologist V.V. Emeljanov - love:
[link]

Ninurta, Shara and Enlil:
[link]

Enuma Elish - Enlil and Tiamat:
[link]
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Sorelliena Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. This is so powerful and beautiful. I love your grittier interpretation of Ishtar rather than all those poetic and beautiful versions... It's rather strange that she's the goddess of all four, though when paired together I think it kind of makes sense XD Beautiful work!
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UnknownNative Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I'd like to meet Ishtar most defiantly =). Great work Aledin.
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Aledin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot.
If you do meet her, be careful. I think she's quite fierce.
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sevenxlives Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
looks a certain way out pretty cool. :)
Creepy. o.o
but cool. XD
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harlequined-Gypsie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
This scares the crap out of me....Great job!
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123Andras456 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
this left me speechless. awesome!
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solomonsea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. When you combine all four, you get this: a complete monster.
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:iconpapriko:
Papriko Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I'd hit it.
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TitusBoy25 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow..so creepy ans amazing in the same time,great technique and colors!
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mishumushu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
This is absolutely amazing.
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air-ocean Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great theme!
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good-night, this is a whopper! I came here to find inspiration based on Assyrian god/goddesses, and you have done more than enough! this painting is amazing, simply amazing.
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Aledin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks. Glad you like it. :D
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Noor-al-Haqiqa Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
I understand this piece well. First look was unsettling, a certain energy unsettles me to the gut. Then I look back, think who she is, appreciate the skill. But it is too intensely sexual for me. She has the wings of eagle, the hair of an Indian carving and the tongue of Kali. Her eyes are ancient, focused, angry, intent and intense, sexually devouring, suck-your-soul-out kind of eyes, wow. They are the eyes of a burnt out libertine who is not ready to leave yet, her body has a lot of living to do yet, so she just might go on on automatic and just sate..... Yeah, well done.

You have captured raw insatiability
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Aledin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that's a very good insight. Thanks a lot!
You've noticed many aspects I tried to portray. The tongue of Kali too, another goddess embodying contrasting values. European and American cultures always separate love and war, life and death, etc, the eternal struggle between "good and bad", but in some Asian cultures they are just sides of the same coin, which is why their gods might represent both at once.
That's very fascinating and I had hoped I could show it in a single image.
Sexuality as a destructive and generative force.
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OutlineofAsh Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Gorgeous mix of textures.
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wowywow Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello I'm playing favbacks. #The-Favers-NGO
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T-SLA Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I want my favback [link] :3
I'm member of #The-Favers-NGO
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Demo-box Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
was Ishtar an Assyrian invention, or was she around before that?
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Aledin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know, but I think it's hard or impossible to tell. Deities aren't conceived or invented in a given moment, they are mostly the embodiment and allegoric representation of a concept that accompanies a culture for centuries. That's why some deities show similar traits among different cultures who have been exposed to each other over a long period of time.
Although, I'm certainly not the best person to answer this. ;)
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Demo-box Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
i kinda figured it went all the way back to ancient Sumeria, love the way you portrayed her by the way. nice and genuinely freaky, just the way i like it.
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kickassvirgin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing
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Oldbeho Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
astonishing piece!!
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lukaszLkz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
I would like to write something more constructive, but.. Just, that's really good work! :)
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Rekka-chan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student General Artist
she's so grand! the shading and lighting rocks ^^
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MedaGritzko Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
STRONNGG!!!
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MedaGritzko Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
STRONGG!
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crazy-artist34 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. I've never envisioned that goddess looking like that, but it works.
It's beautiful and frightening at the same time.
Great work!
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crazy-artist34 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. I've never envisioned that goddess looking like that, but it works.
It's beautiful and frightening at the same time.
Great work!
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh my!!:P..that's one date that's going horribly wrong....:laughing:!!
Seriously though,this is awesome!It's extremely impressive:)! Really like the way you've done a kind of ..hive/queen bee goddess image here...it has enough trappings of legend to be recognisable,but you've given things your own twist...the colours are also mouth-watering[no pun intended!!;p!!]
I also love it because the style to me is somehow reminiscent of one of my favourite Symbolist artists-the mystical Jean Delville-it has that same wondrous sense of violence being transformed into divine mysticism[for eg: [link] ] as I consider him one of my all-time top 10 artists,I intend that to be high praise from me indeed!!:hug:
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Aledin Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh thanks. That's a very sensual image, so detailed too.
I like weirdness and images that communicate like dreams, skipping rationality and going straight to an impression and emotion. I hope I can achieve that.
That's why I like David Lynch movies, he does that so well.
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think you achieve it very well!:) It's difficult to convey mystery and mysticism,not just random surreal imagery...
and a Lynch fan?:)..oh yess!!?
"The Owls are not What They Seem"?;)..I'm fascinated by his body of work....
and...*oops*..I've gtg?:O...nice chatting to you,always!:tighthug:
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Alptraumkrieger Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Student Artist
wow!! she is so creepy!!

but at the same time she is so cool, without any type of consideration for the poor man... and the scenary is like a kind of uterus with a some cells that contain men! and then she is going to eat them!

CREEPY!

But I like your draw very much n.n
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Fantastic piece...
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DieDreigroschenoper Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Fantastic use of color!
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neokamatari Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   General Artist
I like how bizarre can art be ^_^
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RAlife Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
wow simply amazing...
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
awesome work.
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ReSkull Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Really awesome !

it must be a goddess right against the Pazazu the demon ?!

hers feet n hands have done nicely !

the crown and cuffs at wrists are looks performed by a full ancient knowledge ! after first look i knowing the art have a babylonian bakgrnd for sure and even dont thought about Egyptian !

Nice work, keepup good job :D
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Aledin Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! You certainly know about it more than I do. :D
I'm glad it's recognizable enough as a Babylonian or Assyrian goddess through the things she wears.

I made a bit of research but couldn't find very detailed and reliable reference in the internet, so I had to reinterpret it quite a bit.
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sckry Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
I love your interpritation of Ishtar. I mean, she's pretty darn awesome to begin with, but I love how you've made her physically embody all of her aspects.
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craigy87 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
well done but very strange and creepy
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kuyatan93 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Such a good drawing, very detailed, A+...

It scares me a little thought...
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bluemoment Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Very nice.

You might want to raise her right hand a bit though. Now one of the fingers is forming a quite distracting tangent with the leg.
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CSnyder Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
wonderfully creepy
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