Lady of the Beasts Queen of Animals Middle Eastern Goddess Anahita Plaque
Middle Eastern Goddess Anahita Statue shows the Lioness Lady and Queen of Beasts holding lions.
From a pre-Roman bronze hydria found in Switzerland (600 BCE) Middle Eastern Goddess Anahita Statue shows the Lioness Lady and Queen of Beasts holding lions by the paws.
In this statue, surrounded by members of the animal kingdom, this Goddess displays her role in supporting life on earth.
Goddess of all animal life, all creatures answer to her call.
Surrounded by members of the animal kingdom, the Goddess displays her role in supporting life on earth. Her kinship with animal totems shows she is a driving force for fertility in the natural world and able to assume animal form herself.
Her lions link Her with an arc of Great Goddesses, from Sekmet to Lilith, Cybele, Anahita, across to Durga.
Her upward and downward facing rabbits show the union of opposites and the beginning of the spiral of life.
5 1/2" x 7 1/2" resin plaque, bronze color finish.
Bronze colored gypsum stone statue, 5.5 inches high.
Made by our artisan's cooperative in India.
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.