Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat. Albrecht Dürer, c. 1500.
Black Madonna of Częstochowa
Upper Paleolithic, Venus von Willendorf, estimated to have been carved 24,000–22,000 BCE
Goddess Lakshmi, Raja Ravi Varma.
Achi Chokyi Drolma, Dharma protector of Tibetan Buddhism.
Russian Venus. Boris Kustodiev (1926).
Mars Being Disarmed by Venus. Jacques-Louis David (1822–25) .
Shiva in the form of Ardhanari/Ardhanariswara.
Bronze from the eleventh century CE
Cupid and my Campaspe play’d
At cards for kisses—Cupid paid:
He stakes his quiver, bow and arrows,
His mother’s doves, and team of sparrows;
Loses them too; then down he throws
The coral of his lip, the rose
Growing on’s cheek (but none knows how);
With these, the crystal of his brow,
And then the dimple of his chin:
All these did my Campaspe win.
At last he set her both his eyes,
She won, and Cupid blind did rise.
O Love! has she done this to thee?
What shall (alas!) become of me?
— John Lyly (1553–1606)
Campaspe, mistress of Alexander the Great, depicted as Venus.
From the Casa di Venus, Pompeii. Before 79 AD.
Kumari are prepubescent girls worshipped as living goddesses in Hindu and Devi cultures.
Above: Sajani Shakya, former Kumari, during her a visit to the United States in 2007.
"A Kumari is believed to be the incarnation of the goddess Taleju (the Nepalese name for Durga) until she menstruates, after which it is believed that the goddess vacates her body. Serious illness or a major loss of blood from an injury are also causes for her to revert to common status."