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AN ANCIENT ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF CYBELE

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AN ANCIENT ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF CYBELE
Seated on an elaborate throne on top of an integral base. She is wearing a loose-fitting robe with deep folds and flanked by lions with thick manes. Open work between lion's front legs. 2nd/3rd Century. 7.5 inches high. Defective as shown. Remains of encrustation. Ex. old NYC collection. Cybele embodies the fertile Earth, a goddess of caverns and mountains, walls and fortresses, nature and wild animals In Ancient Egypt at Alexandria, Cybele was worshiped by the Greek population as "The Mother of the Gods, the Savior who Hears our Prayers" and as "The Mother of the Gods, the Accessible One". Ephesus, one of the major trading centers of the area, was devoted to Cybele, and the city's celebration, the Ephesia, honored her. Cybele is sometimes depicted on a cart drawn by lions.


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