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Questions tagged [iconography]

For questions relating to mythical symbols or depictions in artwork.

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Contribution of ancient Greek pottery to mythology studies

I was wondering if the study of ancient Greek pottery art has contributed to the field of Mythology, and how, besides the cool illustrations: Heracles and Athena. Source pic: Wikipedia. For example, ...
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What do we know about the winged male figures representing the souls of warriors in the weighing of souls?

The pictured black-figured lekythos features Hermes (in his role as a psychopomp), weighing the souls of Achilles and a Trojan warrior (Memnon or Hector): What I find particularly interesting in the ...
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What is the significance of the three stars in Ruben's Saturn painting?

What is the significance of the three stars in Peter Paul Ruben's Saturn devouring a Son painting?
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Why was Nekhbet depicted as a vulture?

Nekhbet, a predynastic goddess that eventually became the patron of Upper Egypt, was commonly depicted in art as a vulture. Why is that? The vulture seems - at least to me - like an odd choice for ...
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Why is the constellation Capricornus depicted as a sea-goat? [duplicate]

The constellation Capricornus is often represented in the form of a sea-goat: Why is that? Are there tales that attempt to explain how this curious hybrid came to be?
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What culture does this duality symbol belong to?

While browsing today I came upon this symbol tagged as duality, but I am unable to identify it. Does anybody recognize where this symbol comes from? Is it part of a culture/religion or just ...
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Why does the astrology sign for cancer seem to represent a yin and yang?

So there appears to be an astrology tag with very few questions. This somewhat represents mythology around cancer specifically. Why does the astrology sign for cancer seem to represent a yin and ...
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Which god holds a shepherd's crook?

Which, if any, god(s) in the ancient world is depicted as holding a shepherd's crook? I am looking for gods depicted in such ways in statues, idols, drawings, etc...