Miniature Hestia Statue Goddess of Home and Hearth
Hestia Statue. Daughter of Chronos and Rhea, Hestia is Hearth, the first born of the Olympians. Hestia, who discovered how to build houses, extends her power over altars, hearths, and states.
The guardian of innermost thoughts and desires, prayers and sacrifices end with acknowledging Her. Some say the snake here is symbolic of a woman who was complete without a husband or man, while others say the snake is about renewal and regeneration. The snake eats peacefully from Hestia's bowl in this depiction.
Hestia: Greek Goddess of the Hearth and Home
Vesta: Roman Goddess of the Hearth and Home
"Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honor: glorious is your portion and your right. For without you mortals hold no banquet, where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last." ~Homeric Hymn to Hestia~
or Roman Goddess Vesta Statue
4 inch Enthroned Hestia
White marble-colored Gypsumstone.
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