Ishtar / Inanna e Tammuz-Ishtar was the daughter of Ninurta.She was particularly worshipped in northern Mesopotamia, at the Assyrian cities of Nineveh, Ashur and Arbela Besides the lions on her gate, her symbol is an eight-pointed star. One type of depiction of Ishtar/Inanna The lion was her symbol (detail of the Ishtar Gate)In the Babylonian pantheon, she "was the divine personification of the planet Venus
The Royal Lion Hunt. Assyrian about 645-635 BC, From Nineveh, North Palace .
Babylon, Iraq Babylon was an Akkadian city-state (founded in 1867 BC by an Amorite dynasty) of ancient Mesopotamia, the remains of which are found in present-day Al Hillah, Babylon Province, Iraq, about 85 kilometers (55 mi) south of Baghdad. All that remains of the original ancient famed city of Babylon today is a mound, or tell, of broken mud-brick buildings and debris in the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Sumerian alabaster statue of a worshiper wearing a calf-length woolen skirt with layers of tufted borders, the hands gathered together in an attitude of devotion, with cuneiform inscriptions on the back of the base. 2500 BC