Faience statuette of goddes Taweret
This goddess in a strong protective deity, who protects women, children and the household. She is a pregnant hippopotamus with lions paws and tail and human breasts.
Egyptian, Hellenistic Period, 330 - 30 BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum
A selection of incredible portraits from photographer Charles Fréger’s collection and book Wilder Mann, documenting the ancient pagan rites still being practiced throughout Europe today.
From the New York Times Lens blog:
About 10,000 years ago, humans began domesticating wild animals for both food and companionship. Over the course of centuries, animal species were bred for traits that made them docile and more useful to their masters. But as humans changed and fenced in animals, they were also domesticating themselves. The skills needed to survive in the wild were different than those needed to succeed in more complex social arrangements.
Mr Fréger was intrigued by the transformations of human being to beast that he witnessed in 18 European countries. They were, he said, celebrations of fertility, life and death and symbolized the complicated relationship between mankind and nature.
Saw this series in the last issue of National Geographic. It is awesome.
Bronze statuette of a huntsman, probably representing Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great had himself immortalised in sculptural groups participating in hunts. This bronze figure of a man thrusting a spear into a wild animal has facial features not unlike those of Alexander. The statuette may come from a small-scale composition inspired by a larger group of bronzes at Delphi. These statues were dedicated to Alexander by Krateros and were reputedly made by Lysippos and Leochares, two of Alexander’s court sculptors. If it does not represent Alexander himself, it may be a portrait of one of his Macedonian successors.
(Source: The British Museum)
the pope and the Church hierarchy embraced by the seven-headed Beast of the Apocalypse (Hussite satire)
Antithesis Christi et Antichristi (Jenský kodex/Jena Codex), Bohemia ca. 1490-1510.
Praha, Knihovna Národního muzea, IV.B.24, fol. 69r
About 200 AD
The motif of the “Lady of the Animals” lives on this religious depiction. Flanked by two horses, Epona is shown sitting on a throne holding a fruit basket on her lap. The Celtic goddess was revered as the patroness for wagoners. She was also popular among the military. The images was mainly occurred in the provinces of Gaul and Germania.
Kunst der Kelten, Historisches Museum Bern.
Art of the Celts, Historic Museum of Bern.