Tête de Janus, culture Katsina. / Terres cuites africaines. / Musée Barbier-Mueller, Genève.

Tête de Janus, culture Katsina. / Terres cuites africaines. / Musée Barbier-Mueller, Genève.

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Janus, God of endings and beginnings.

Janus, God of endings and beginnings.

In the Roman pantheon, Janus is the two-faced god of beginnings, limits, doors, gateways, and departure.  Unlike the other Greco-Roman deities, Janus was not imported from Greece to Rome.

In the Roman pantheon, Janus is the two-faced god of beginnings, limits, doors, gateways, and departure. Unlike the other Greco-Roman deities, Janus was not imported from Greece to Rome.

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http://serrurierversailles.lartisanpascher.com #sculpture en céramique

http://serrurierversailles.lartisanpascher.com #sculpture en céramique

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Africa | Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali | Wood, metal, beads, cowrie shells, fiber | ca. 1971

Africa | Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali | Wood, metal, beads, cowrie shells, fiber | ca. 1971

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Winter (January) involved the god Janus, who looked backwards and forwards. This is the god behind New Year's celebrations.

Winter (January) involved the god Janus, who looked backwards and forwards. This is the god behind New Year's celebrations.

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Afficher l'image d'origine

Afficher l'image d'origine

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Africa | Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali | Wood, metal, beads, cowrie shells, fiber | ca. 1971

Africa | Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali | Wood, metal, beads, cowrie shells, fiber | ca. 1971

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Janus

Janus

What if I told you that January was not always the first month of the year? That the ancient Romans used a different calendar system and their year began in March and ended in December? That traditionally, the original Roman Calendar consisted of 10 months totaling 304 days?

What if I told you that January was not always the first month of the year? That the ancient Romans used a different calendar system and their year began in March and ended in December? That traditionally, the original Roman Calendar consisted of 10 months totaling 304 days?

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