Aphrodite, Isis, & an Empress

300px-Venus_Isis_Met_26_7_1475Although the Greek/Roman Aphrodite/Venus and the Egyptian goddess Isis were major figures in their respective religions, they were sometimes represented together. Images of Aphrodite wearing the Egyptian vulture cap have been found in the Middle East.  This statuette of the goddess may have been made in the image of the Roman Empress Faustina Minor, wife of Marcus Aurelius. During the Imperial period, the Imperial family was often represented in the guise of gods and goddesses which associated them, the empire, and religion.  This bronze figure from the second century AD is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Tomorrow, More Aphrodite.

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