Statue Group of Persephone-Isis and Pluto-Serapis with Cerberus

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Carole Raddato
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Statue Group of Persephone-Isis and Pluto-Serapis with Cerberus

Statue group of Persephone (as Isis) and Pluto (as Serapis) with the three-headed dog Cerberus. From the Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods at Gortyn on the island of Crete. Mid-2nd century CE. Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Pluto-Serapis has the modus on his head, a utensil used for the measurement of grain. Persephone-Isis with covered head bears her symbols at the forehead (the crescent moon, the solar disk and the snake (uraeus). She is depicted holding in her right hand the sistrum, an Egyptian musical instrument. The inclusion of Cerberus, guard of the underworld, in the group defines the two deities, despite their Egyptian symbols, as Pluto and Persephone, gods of the underworld.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2019, May 18). Statue Group of Persephone-Isis and Pluto-Serapis with Cerberus. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/10673/

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Raddato, Carole. "Statue Group of Persephone-Isis and Pluto-Serapis with Cerberus." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 18, 2019. https://www.ancient.eu/image/10673/.

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