A Sumerian goddess who presided over fertility, love and war. Known as "Queen of Heaven", she is depicted in ancient works of art as a winged warrioress wearing a horned headdress and tiered skirt. Offerings were traditionally made to her as sunrise. After the sun sank beneath the horizon and darkness veiled the night sky, she transformed into the patroness of temple prostitutes. She is identified with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar.
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