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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)

A central Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure representing Green Tara, making a blessing mudra. (Rubin Museum)

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)

The Trinity, c,1390-96, Agnolo Gaddi; the Holy Trinity is depicted in the throne-of-grace style: God, the father; God, the Holy Spirit (symbolised by a dove); and God, the Son (the crucified Christ). (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)

Kalkin, Visnu's Future Avatar, first half of the 7th century. Southern Cambodia. Lent by National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (Ka.1642) | Kalkin is the future world savior, understood as the tenth avatar of Vishnu, who will appear in the form of a white horse to judge mankind. #LostKingdoms

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.

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

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.