Diana of Ephesus Statue: Goddess of the Amazons. Mother of Animals.
Many-Breasted Diana of Ephesis Statue; some scholars now believe the multiple round objects to be eggs or fruit. Her temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Ancient worship focused on this nature goddesses.
By Roman times she was called Diana; yet at Ephesus in Anatolia, her worship was most often under the names Mother of Animals, or Many-Breasted Artemis. Columnar and wearing a unique ritual garment adorned with animals, her crown and staring gaze incorporates Astarte, while her moon disc and horned beasts evoke Diana.
Her temple, which was built by Amazons (undoubtedly matrilineal priestesses), was a goal of devout pilgrimage.
In AD 380 her shrine was rededicated to Mary, whose old age and death was placed at Ephesus by Church legend. Note the similarity of posture, palms bestowing blessing, with countless images of Mary, Kwan Yin, Tara and other Goddesses.
9 1/4" resin statue, sandstone walnut color finish.