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Ancient Greek coin with mermaid on one side. The mermaid is one of the earliest mermaid myths, that of the goddess Atargatis.

Ancient Greek coin with mermaid on one side. The mermaid is one of the earliest mermaid myths, that of the goddess Atargatis.

Arbre des dieux grecs / Greek gods tree ♤Melyk

The Almost Complete Greek God Family Tree

Arbre des dieux grecs / Greek gods tree ♤Melyk

Belly mask from the Yoruba people of Benin, ca. 1960s/70s.

Belly mask from the Yoruba people of Benin, ca. 1960s/70s.

Roundel with Bust of Atargatis-Tyche and Zodiac Date: 50 CE-150 CE Place: Khirbet Tannur/Petra; Jordan Medium: micaceous quartz limestone

Roundel with Bust of Atargatis-Tyche and Zodiac Date: 50 CE-150 CE Place: Khirbet Tannur/Petra; Jordan Medium: micaceous quartz limestone

Askos à figures rouges sur l'épaule. Face A, chimère et face B, Pégase. 4e quart du 5e siècle av J.C. Lieu de découverte : Italie (origine). Paris, musée du Louvre

Askos à figures rouges sur l'épaule. Face A, chimère et face B, Pégase. 4e quart du 5e siècle av J.C. Lieu de découverte : Italie (origine). Paris, musée du Louvre

This coin shows Aphrodite of Aphrodisias, another pillar goddess whose temple was in southwestern Turkey. This depiction somewhat resembles a bee, or a bundle. Aphrodite too wears the feather crown (which originated with her forebears, Ashtart of Canaan and Atargatis, Dea Syria) and is flanked by the ears of grain.

This coin shows Aphrodite of Aphrodisias, another pillar goddess whose temple was in southwestern Turkey. This depiction somewhat resembles a bee, or a bundle. Aphrodite too wears the feather crown (which originated with her forebears, Ashtart of Canaan and Atargatis, Dea Syria) and is flanked by the ears of grain.

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Mafdet protected against snakes & scorpions, often represented as a feline or mongoose. She was the deification of legal justice (& possibly execution), protected the king's chambers & other sacred places, & protected against venomous animals. It was said that Mafdet ripped out the hearts of wrong-doers, delivering them to the pharaoh's feet. She was replaced by Bast, but her imagery continued to be associated with the pharaohs in their personal items & on bed where their mummies were…

Mafdet protected against snakes & scorpions, often represented as a feline or mongoose. She was the deification of legal justice (& possibly execution), protected the king's chambers & other sacred places, & protected against venomous animals. It was said that Mafdet ripped out the hearts of wrong-doers, delivering them to the pharaoh's feet. She was replaced by Bast, but her imagery continued to be associated with the pharaohs in their personal items & on bed where their mummies were…

Italic civilizations, 6th century b. C. Armor round plate with a chimera engraving. Alfedena, Museo Civico Aufidenate ‘De Nino’ (Archaeological Museum)

Italic civilizations, 6th century b. C. Armor round plate with a chimera engraving. Alfedena, Museo Civico Aufidenate ‘De Nino’ (Archaeological Museum)

Romain Tirtoff, Erté aquatique : Décorations murales par doudoupaloma

Romain Tirtoff, Erté aquatique

Romain Tirtoff, Erté aquatique : Décorations murales par doudoupaloma

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