inches high / 22.86 cm high
Midnight black with gold/bronze accents.
Colored Ganges Clay and resin statue.
Middle Eastern Goddess
Anahita, the Lioness Lady and Queen of Beasts
[British Museum, 500 BCE]
If cats are your familiar companions, then this is your Lady!
by Micha F. Lindemans from about.com
Anahita is an ancient Persian water goddess, fertility goddess, and patroness of
women, as well as a goddess of war. Her name means "the immaculate
one". She is portrayed as a virgin, dressed in a golden cloak, and wearing
a diamond tiara (sometimes also carrying a water pitcher). The dove and the
peacock are her sacred animals.
Anahita was very popular and is one of the forms of the 'Great Goddess' which
appears in many ancient eastern religions (such as the Syrian/Phoenician goddess
Anath). She is associated with rivers and lakes, as the waters of birth. Anahita
is sometimes regarded as the consort of Mithra.
When Persia conquered Babylonia (in the 6th century BCE), Anahita began to show
some similarities with the goddess Ishtar. Since then her cult included the
practice of temple prostitution. During the reign of king Artaxerxes (436-358
BCE) many temples were erected in her honor. Locations included Soesa, Ecbatana,