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Egyptian Bull-headed deity
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Egyptian Bull-headed deity

This limestone wall-relief block depicts a bull-headed god; the god has a human body and looks to the right side. He is standing between parts of two other partially shown figures. The background wall was left rough. From Egypt, precise provenance...
Sacrificial Table, Nemea
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Sacrificial Table, Nemea

Restored stone table on which were placed the sacrificial offerings to the Gods in Greek religious practice. One tray was for the 'Epidaurian Gods' (Apollo & Esklepios), the other for Zeus. (c. 300 BCE). Nemea Archaeological Museum.
Lahmu
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Lahmu

Lahmu was a minor god associated with the god Ea. Ritual texts prescribe that such figures be buried in the corners of a room and in the courtyard. From Nineveh, Northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian Period, 900-612 BCE. (The British Museum...
Fish-Cloaked Apkallu
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Fish-Cloaked Apkallu

In order to protect the household, this protective figure (apkallu or sage) would be buried beneath the floor in groups of seven. This figurine represents a wise man dressed in a fish-cloak sent by the god Ea to impart knowledge to humans...
Altar, Hungry Ghosts Festival
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Altar, Hungry Ghosts Festival

Celebrations of the Ghost Festival include public altars and parades where food is thrown into the air. The ghosts are thought to be hungry and so food is provided for them in homes and also in public places. Altars of fresh fruit and sweet...
Votive Statue of Melqart
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Votive Statue of Melqart

Votive statue of Melqart from Gades (Cadiz, Spain), 7th century BCE. (Archaeological Museum, Seville). Melquart was a Phoenician god and patron god of the city of Tyre.
Hercules-Melqart
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Hercules-Melqart

A painted limestone bust of Hercules-Melqart. Cyprus, 5th century BCE. The god was an amalgamation of the Greek hero Hercules and the Phoenician god Melqart. (Museo Barracco, Rome)
Tanit Mosaic
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Tanit Mosaic

Floor of a house in the Punic city or Kerkouane (modern-day Tunisia) decorated with primitive mosaic pavements, one of which figures the Punic goddess Tanit. Kerkouane was founded during the Punic period, perhaps in the 5th century BCE...
Votive Relief Dedicated to Artemis Bendis
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Votive Relief Dedicated to Artemis Bendis

This is a marble votive relief dedicated to the goddess Artemis Bendis. The cult of the Thracian goddess Bendis (similar to the Greek Artemis) was introduced to Athens around 430 BCE along with other foreign cults. Here, the goddess is shown...
Egyptian Offering table of Amenemhat
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Egyptian Offering table of Amenemhat

The surface of this black granite offering table is carved in relief with images of food and drink offerings. From Egypt. 12th or 13th Dynasty, circa 1985-1750 BCE. (The British Museum, London)