Detail from the Ishtar Gate, Babylon, Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany. Built in c575 BC during the reign of Nebuchadrezzar II the Ishtar Gate led into the city of Babylon via the Processional Way, along which statues of the Babylonian gods were paraded during New Year celebrations.
Mushussu (also known as Mushhushshu or Sirrush) is the Dragon of Babylon and one of two animals depicted on the Ishtar Gate. It is depicted here on a kudurru (boundary stone) with divine symbols. This limestone kudurru dates back to the Second Dynasty of Isin, 1156-1025 BCE.