Famous relief from the Old Babylonian period (now in the British museum) called the “Burney relief” or “Queen of the Night relief”. The depicted figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war. However, her bird-feet and accompanying owls have suggested to some a connection with Lilitu (called Lilith in the Bible), though seemingly not the usual demonic Lilitu. 19th C. BC - 18th C. BC
Oya is the guardian of the realm between life and death; as such, She is not only the Goddess of spirit communication, funerals and cemeteries but also the Goddess of clairvoyance, psychic abilities, intuition and rebirth. She can call forth the spirit of death, or hold it back - such is the extent of Her power.. Because of Her affiliation to the dead, and Her intense knowledge of the magick arts, Oya is also known as "the Great Mother of the Elders of the Night (Witches)".
Ascendit Petrus! This ivory is a rare survival as most depictions of the Ascension of St Peter were destroyed after the condemnation of the doctrine by the Third Council of Antioch. The ivory is in the British Musem.
The Motya Charioteer: The British Museum | Made by a Greek sculptor in Sicily about 460-450 BC. Marble from Greece or Turkey. Found in 1979 on the Sicilian island of Motya (Mozia), off the western tip of Sicily.
The Townley Vase is a large Roman marble vase of the 2nd century CE, discovered in 1773. It is carved with a deep frieze in bas-relief illustrating a Bacchanalian procession. In the 19th century it was often imagined that Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn (1819) was inspired by the Townley Vase. Copies of the Townley Vase were made in plaster and imitation marble throughout the 19th century. Between the World Wars, table lamps modelled after the Townley Vase identified "cultured" households.
In Persian mythology, peris are descended from fallen angels who have been denied paradise until they have done penance. In earlier sources they are described as agents of evil; later, they are benevolent. They are exquisite, winged, fairy-like creatures ranking between angels and evil spirits.