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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)

Archangel Gabriel; The Virgin Annunciate, Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater c,1455–1523 Bruges); the dove symbolises the Holy Spirit. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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

The goddess Durga killing the buffalo demon, Mahisha (Mahishasuramardini), Pala period (c. 700–1200), twelfth century | Bangladesh or India | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | Purchase, Diana and Arthur G. Altschul Gift, 1993 (1993.7)

A third-century BC Cypriot limestone statue of the Greek goddess Artemis, goddess of the hunt and wild animals; she is depicted with her symbolic attributes, a fawn and a quiver. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

An Indian representation of Mahadevi, the Hindu Great Goddess, c.1725; she holds an array of weapons; her third eye and crescent moon in her hair link her symbolically with Shiva; she stands on a lotus flower, a symbol of purity and sanctity. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

A c.second-century AD Roman bronze figure of Minerva, goddess of wisdom and learning; she is depicted with her symbolic attributes, including the aegis with the gorgoneion at her chest and a helmet; her shield and spear are missing. (Bonham's)

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

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A gold seventh- to eighth-century South East Asian figure of 'Gandraprabha or Chandraprabha Lokesvara is a form of the supreme Buddhist saviour, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. In this rare form he is shown as a personification of the moon or Chandra, whose symbol of the hare is shown in his nimbus.' (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Pygmalion and Galatea, c.1890, Jean-Léon Gérôme; Cupid aims his arrow, one of his symbolic attributes, at the pair, a symbol of being struck by love. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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.