Head of Demeter or Kore Greek, made in Sicily, 350-300 BC Terracotta Inventory # 76.AD.34 The worship of Demeter (goddess of agriculture) and her daughter, Kore, was popular in Sicily. The island was famous in antiquity for its fertile fields, which supplied grain to the rest of the Greek world. This head, broken from a bust or a full-length statue, would have been left as an offering in one of Demeter's many sanctuaries and temples.
Pompeii. Isis Statue | Temple of Isis. Isis (Ancient Greek: Ἶσις, original Egyptian pronunciation more likely "Aset" or "Iset") is a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. She was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic.
Statue of Hermanubis, a hybrid of Anubis and the Greek god Hermes. In the Ptolemaic period (350–30 BCE), when Egypt became a Hellenistic kingdom ruled by Greek pharaohs, Anubis was merged with the Greek god Hermes, becoming Hermanubis. The two gods were considered similar because they both guided souls to the afterlife. The center of this cult was in uten-ha/Sa-ka/ Cynopolis, a place whose Greek name means "city of dogs."
The Greek Goddess Artemis was worshiped in most Greek cities but only as a secondary deity. However, to the Greeks in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) she was a prominent deity. In Ephesus, a great temple was built in her honor, which became one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World".
Pallas Athene the Greek goddess of wisdom and courage was a daughter of Zeus. He suffered a terrible headache, so called upon the blacksmith god Hephaestus to bring him a radical cure. With a single swing of his mighty axe, Hephaestus cleaved open the head of Zeus, whereupon with a loud cry sprang forth Pallas Athene - fully grown and armed.
Demeter The goddess of agriculture, horticulture, grain and harvest. Demeter is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus, by whom she bore Persephone. She was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheafs of wheat and a torch. Her symbols are the Cornucopia (horn of plenty), wheat-ears, the winged serpent and the lotus staff. Her sacred animals are pigs and snakes.
Archer for the East Pediment of the Temple of Aphaia at Aegina, ca. 480 BC Signifying the beginning of the classical era. The temple from which these statues originate initially had the same sculptural program (ca. 500 BC), however, the East Pediment sculptures were for some reason replaced in 480 BC. The new cycle illustrated the drastically new direction of Greek sculpture.
The Dark Mother, Demeter, represents this time of year. Mabon rituals welcome the Dark Mother, and celebrates that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge.
Lucius Junius Brutus - the founder of the Roman Republic and traditionally one of the first consuls in 509 BCE. White marble. 1st-early 2nd cent. C.E.? Naples, National Archaeological Museum. Origin: From the Farnese collection.
In Greek mythology Demeter was the most generous of the great Olympian goddesses. The Greek goddess Demeter was an ancient goddess beloved for her service to mankind in giving them the gift of the harvest, the reward for cultivation of the soil.
Vanth is an Etruscan goddess of the Underworld whose presence indicates recent or impending death. Many Etruscan goddesses were shown with wings, but with Vanth they seem to be an integral part of her character. Sometimes her wings are painted with eyes, perhaps to represent all-seeing and inevitable death. She is depicted as partner to Kharun, the Etruscan version of the Greek god Charon, the Underworld guardian.
Kore statue. The kore is a type of Archaic Greek statue. They may represent a goddess, such as Persephone, priestesses or votaries of a goddess, or generic style of maiden votive, dedicated to a deity. The kore and kouros are illustrations of the Archaic Greeks moving towards realism in art; they are lifelike but highly stylized.