Tuesday, March 18, 2014

15. The Woman and The Seed Tour, The Met Isis-Aphrodite

Isis-Aphrodite is a form of the great goddess Isis that emphasizes the fertility aspects associated with Aphrodite. She was concerned with marriage and childbirth and, following very ancient pharaonic prototypes, also with rebirth. Elaborate accessories, including an exaggerated calathos (the crown of Egyptian Greco-Roman divinities) emblazoned with a tiny disk and horns of Isis.

Figures depicting this goddess are found in both domestic and funerary contexts. Popular already in the 3rd to 2nd centuries B.C., they continued to be made in Roman times. Dating technology places this piece in the Roman period, probably about AD 150, and the long narrow face and rather dry expression do not contradict such a date.

Imagery again comes down through the ages as in the Statue of Liberty in New York, presented in 1884 as a gift from the French Grand Orient Temple Masons to the Masons of American in celebration of the centenary of the first Masonic Republic.

The Statue of Liberty, which was designed by the French sculptor Bartholdi and actually built by Gustave Eiffel (both Freemasons) was not originally a Statue of Liberty at all, but first planned by Bartholdi for the opening of the Suez Canal in Egypt in 1867.

Bartholdi, like many French Freemasons of his time, was deeply steeped in 'Egyptian' rituals, and it has often been said that he conceived the original statue as an effigy of the goddess Isis and only later converted it to a 'Statue of Liberty' for New York harbour.

Also take a good look at Starbucks logo and it's history of progression, quite interesting.  Originally she was a mermaid (syrene) just as their song is irresistible so is their coffee.


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