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Which god holds a shepherd's crook?

Amurru, an Amorite deity often referred to as a storm-god, is depicted on ancient cylinder seals carrying a curved object called, in Akkadian, a gamlu, which is generally interpreted as a shepherd's ...
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Which god holds a shepherd's crook?

Thalia, the Greek muse of comedy, is also often seen holding a shepherd's crook, as in this picture. As DisturbedNeo said, in Egyptian mythology it (along with a flail) is held by pharaohs as symbols ...
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Which god holds a shepherd's crook?

The Egyptian God Osiris is generally depicted holding a Shephard's Crook. It is also held by Pharaoh's as proof of their right of kingship.
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What is this Norse symbol?

I can notice 3 kinds of symbols (anarchy, Venus or gold, and silver or the crescent moon of Islam) in an overal feel of a Ægishjálmur (Helm of Awe) or Vegvísir. Anarchy The A enclosed in a circle is ...
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What is the significance of the three stars in Ruben's Saturn painting?

I'm afraid the stars do not have mythological significance. According to the listing for the painting on the Prado Museum website, the stars are probably the planet Saturn, whose rings were believed ...
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Did the ancient Egyptians worship Cats and Dogs deities at the same period?

Dog and Cat deities were worshiped together as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BCE) in the forms of Anubis and Bastet, but the recorded worship of Anubis dates back to even the First Dynasty (3100 ...
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Contribution of ancient Greek pottery to mythology studies

Hitherto Unknown Names; & Issues with Scale As far as I can tell, by and large, what this art-form's contribution has been is pretty much just the addition to the mythology of a handful of ...
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What culture does this duality symbol belong to?

I don't think it would be possible to know for certain unless we ask the artist who drew it, but the symbol looks like a very simplified version of the Chinese taijitu, the "yin and yang symbol":
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What symbol is on the staff of The Sorceress by Georges Merle?

In modern Wicca, this staff is called "The Stang". In its simplest form, a forked staff, Witches use the Stang in various ways including representing the Horned One, aiding in spirit flight, and ...
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Did ancient Greek authors describe any consistent details of the Olympians' appearance (hair/eye color, relative height, etc)?

Statues were colored in Ancient Greece, and it's indicated by pigment traces that, for example, the statue of a deity did not get a new hair color every (insert interval here) like a modern-day ...
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Why does the astrology sign for cancer seem to represent a yin and yang?

If you read the book "Divine Love Astrology: Revealing Spiritual Truth for Personal Transformation" it briefly mentions the following. The symbol for Cancer represents a crab's claws and also ...
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Contribution of ancient Greek pottery to mythology studies

I found a small example in the Wikipedia article for Achilles, under the section Achilles, Ajax and a game of petteia: Numerous paintings on pottery have suggested a tale not mentioned in the ...
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Who is the female figure in the Nirgul tablet?

If that is Nergal, then the female is most likely Ereshkigal/Allatu/Al-Lat. Would make sense given the snakes present, as both Nergal and Ereshkigal were children of Enki, the god whose family/clan ...
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Why was Nekhbet depicted as a vulture?

Apparently, the Egyptians believed all vultures to be female and thus strongly associated them with maternity. This belief gave birth to Nekhbet, the mother of mothers: As its name suggests, the ...
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Who is the figure holding a cross next to Christ fallen with the cross in the statue at Budapest 2, Pasaréti tér?

This seems like a depiction of either the third, the seventh or the ninth station of the Way of the Cross, called "Jesus falls for the first/second/third time". The scene often includes a ...
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Was the Grim Reaper originally depicted with a scythe or a sickle?

in greek mythology, the king of the titans, Chronos, carried a sickle. cronus, the harvesting god, carried a scythe. The grim reaper was a combination of the two and carried a sickle.
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What is the significance of the two cities on the Shield of Achilles?

Achilles tells Agamemnon's ambassadors—Odysseus, Telamonian Ajax, and his own old tutor Phoenix—of a prophecy: For my mother Thetis the goddess of the silver feet tells me I carry two sorts of ...
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What is the significance of the two cities on the Shield of Achilles?

From The Shield of Achilles: Symbol in Iliad: The two cities depicted on the shield represent a city in Greece and Troy. One of the cities is filled with men dancing and singing and brides marching ...
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What is the significance of the three stars in Ruben's Saturn painting?

Il Saggiatore by Galileo Galilei was written in 1623 https://sites.icmc.usp.br/andcarva/il_saggiatore.pdf If I'm correct, it portrays the conjunction of Saturn with Jupiter and Venus in the ...
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What is the significance of the three stars in Ruben's Saturn painting?

See (Spanish) article in El Pais: Painted in 1636, the three stars in the painting represent the planet Saturn as described by Galileo in 1610, a few years before. The central star is the planet ...
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