Artemis (Roman equivalent is Diana) is one of the oldest, most complex and interesting forms of the Greek pantheon. The Olympian goddess is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She is the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon and chastity. She also is the protector of small children and animals.
Her equivalent, Diana was worshipped at a festival called Nemoralia, or the Festival of Torches, beginning on August 13 each year. After washing their hair and dressing it with flowers, Diana’s followers would proceed around the sacred Lake Nemi—also referred to as Diana’s Mirror—bearing torches. The worshippers would allow their torchlight to join with the moonlight on the water’s surface. This was a day of rest for women and slaves, and all hunting was forbidden on festival day. Since Diana was the goddess of the hunt and wild animals, hounds were dressed with flower blossoms and honoured.
- Hand-cast alabaster
- Made in Greece
- 21.2cm tall
Please note: Due to each statue being hand-cast individually, no two statues will be perfectly identical. Please allow for slight differences an imperfections.