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Terracotta altar with fertility goddesses and a panther mauling a bull

Museo Archeologico Regionale di Gelaabout 500 BC

British Museum

British Museum

The figures on this ancient Greek altar are goddesses of agriculture, fertility and the life cycle, possibly Demeter, Persephone and Hekate. Above them a panther with teats full of milk devours a bull. The bull’s death gives her cubs life. The style of both scenes combines Greek and Phoenician influences.

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  • Title: Terracotta altar with fertility goddesses and a panther mauling a bull
  • Creator: Museo Archeologico Regionale di Gela
  • Date Created: about 500 BC
  • Location Created: Gela, Sicily
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 1.13 m
  • Medium: terracotta
  • Copyright: Museo Archeologico Regionale di Gela © Regione Siciliana

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