Mythology and animals

The theme of this exhibit is statues or reliefs of Ancient Mythology with an emphasis on deities with animal companions. Enjoy.

Chinese guardian lions, traditionally known in Chinese simply as Shi, and often called "Foo Dogs" in the West, are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China.
This shabti figure is identified by inscription as belonging to Wab, priest of King Amasis. He holds the hoe, pick, and seed sack that are standard equipment of such figures.
This marble statue was found near a known temple of the Greek huntress and goddess, Artemis. Artemis is frequently depicted with these companions as they are her guardians.
Diana, the Roman equivalent of Artemis, is shown hunting with her dog in a very beautiful, dynamic sculpture.
Neptune, Roman god of the water and earth-shaker. Like Poseidon, Neptune was also worshipped by the Romans as a god of horses, under the name Neptune Equester, patron of horse-racing.
While Jason, a Greek hero famous for retrieving the Golden Fleece and marrying the crazy sorceress Medea, is not necessarily associated with an animal his story entangles him with the likes of sirens.
Ganymede was turned into an Eagle so Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Zeus, could bring him to Olympus and make him a cup bearer to the gods. Jupiter was also in love with this young man.
Mercury is the Roman god of business, elocution, and finance. He is often depicted with his companion animals, a goat and a tortoise. The tortoise shell was the medium used to create the first lyre.
Mars is the Roman god of war and strategy, and is second in importance only to Jupiter and Neptune. He is often portray with wolves, as he is the father of the mythological Romulus and Remus.
Jupiter is the King of the Roman gods, he is god of the sky, lightning and thunder. His foremost animal companion is an eagle.
Cupid is the Roman god of love, passion and eroticism. He is the son of the supreme goddess of love, Venus. His token animals are dolphins and bees.
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