Anahita Statue Lady of the Beasts Goddess Queen of Animals
Middle Eastern Goddess Anahita Statue shows the Lioness Lady and Queen of Beasts holding lions by the paws. This is a museum replica statue.
[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, and Babylon.
9 inches high / 22.86 cm high
Midnight black with gold/bronze accents.
Sacred Ganges Clay and resin statue made by our artisan's in India.