Shiny Jeweler's Bronze Queen of Heaven Ishtar Inanna Pendant
1-7/8 inches high x 1-3/4 inches wide / Looks like gold
With her arms raised in blessing and surrounded by a nimbus of stars, this Goddess was seen as the embodiment of the Eastern Star - Venus. She is based heavily on the mythology of Ishtar, worshipped as early as 4000 BCE in the area of present day Iraq.
The filigree is a working star chart as on an astrolabe - an ancient device used to navigate and tell time. The points are referred to as flames and each indicates the position and name of a star and the zodiac ring, also positioned correctly, is known as the ecliptic.
The text on this piece was inspired by the Hymns of Inanna and intended to invoke universal divine feminine healing power.
Inscription around the bottom reads: "I am the radiant splendor of the starry night shining like jewels in the ever changing sky."
The inner circle is inscribed with symbols of the zodiac.