In this tapestry, "Lion I - Darius", we see a lion design from the Ishtar Gate. The Ishtar gate is a magnificent creation constructed at about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II. The gate protects the ancient city of Babylon and is made from lapis lazuli, the rare blue stone found in ancient Mesopotamia. A parade of animals is seen in the work, including the lion, winged bulls and dragons. Part of Mesopotamia, and built upon the Euphrates, the city of Babylon and its gates is a wonder of architecture and history. This "Lion I - Darius" tapestry is backed with lining and a tunnel for easy hanging. Note: tapestry rod and tassels, where pictured, are not included in the price.