Friday, November 09, 2007

Star Dragon

Dragon of Marduk, Neo-Babylonian, Reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Latin word for dragon, draco means both dragon and snake. This glazed brick representation of a dragon comes from Babylon of the fabled Hanging Gardens. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has recreated the Ishtar Gate which depicts many guardian animals, both mystical and real.


slatts said...

When decorating one's house (or palace) was much more of a serious art statement..BEAUTIFUL!

Anonymous said...

This work has depth. Layers of ideas and feelings run through me as I view this piece. Words like ancient and wisdom become tangible. You can see the great knowledge of anatomy and craftsmanship. The background colors and tile shapes seem to shimmer in the dark as if it were an actual environment. The animals muscles ripple and the tail twitches. It looks dangerous and alive - eerie and at the same time the animal looks proud as it holds its head high while it struts by the viewer - very impressive. —ZAC

slatts said...

Great "re-run", Martha!

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