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    A Theban terracotta bell idol, c.700 BC; the figure probably represents a nature goddess, maybe of animals and life, and may symbolise the protective forces of nature accompanying the deceased in the afterlife. (Louvre Museum)

    Turriga Mother Goddess 3200 - 2800 BC

    Ancient Egyptian Greco-Roman figure of Isis-Aphrodite; her calathos/crown has the winged sun disc and horns of Isis. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    Figure of a Goddess, 500 BCE-300 BCE. Umbria, Italy. Bronze.

    Ancient Roman Hekateion; a triple-bodied depiction of Hekate with the goddess's torch attribute. (Metropolitan Museum)

    Fragmentary bust figure of the goddess Hariti Gandhara, 2nd century AD (AD 101 - 200)

    Statuette of a naked woman, maybe the Great Goddess of Babylon (or Ishtar). Alabaster, gold, terracotta and rubies, 2nd century CE/BC. From the necropolis of Hillah, near Babylon.

    Marija Gimbutas called these types of figurines Bird Goddesses, this one is holding an infant - Syrian, 1450-1200 BCE

    Goddess Hayyan idol from the Temple Winged Lion - Petra, Jordan

    Mother Goddess Figurine Turkey, 6000-5500 BC The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    An Egyptian bronze figure of Bastet Late Period, circa 664-332 B.C. The cat-headed goddess shown striding forward, wearing the broad collar and a long tight dress, holding a lion-headed aegis to her chest in her left hand, 6in (15cm) high,

    Ancient Egyptian coffin for the mummy of Peftjauneith; the inside, top, shows the sky goddess Nut, the sun, moon and stars and hours of day and night; the bottom shows the goddess of the West. (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) unusual depiction!

    cover illustration by Dorothy P Lathrop, for a children's book, "Tales from the Enchanted Isles", a selection of then-modern fairytales , pub. 1926, written by Ethel Gate.

    Turkish talisman. In this part of the world the symbol is called The Hand of Fatima, and links back beyond ancient Egypt; its meaning represents both power and protection, on the temporal plane as well as the spiritual. The hand works, it creates, it guides, it protects. The symbol is also known as khamsa and the Eye of Fatima in Islamic tradition.