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Female Figure, Valdivia / Ceramic, Ecuador / End of 3rd millennium BCE
Southeast Asia's earliest recorded rulers were highly responsive to Hinduism, as exemplified by their embracing of the Brahmanical god Vishnu as an ideal model of divine kingship. | Vishnu, late 6th–7th century. Central Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok #LostKingdoms
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Eqypt, Isis-Aphrodite was concerned with marriage and childbirth and, following very ancient pharaonic prototypes, also with rebirth. Elaborate accessories, including an exaggerated calathos with a tiny disk and horns of Isis, heighten the effect of her nudity. Dating technology places this piece in the Roman period, probably about AD 150.