Photographer's Note

Marduk was the patron God of Babylon, the capital city of Babylonia, a kingdom in ancient Mesopotamia in present day Iraq, between the 18th and 6th centuries BC. Seen here is Marduk's servant dragon, Mushussu (𒈲𒄭𒄊). It is a scaly animal with hind legs resembling the talons of an eagle, lion-like forelimbs, a long neck and tail, a horned head, a snake-like tongue, and a crest. The Ishtar Gate, now in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, dates from the 6th century BC, and was built by King Nebuchadnezzar II. I have loaded a wide angled view of the gate as a workshop. These are the original bricks excavated from Iraq and reconstructed in Berlin in the 1930's.

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