GROUP OF STATUES WITH GODS PLUTO AND PERSEPHONE
Group of statues with gods Pluto and Persephone depicted as the Egyptian deities Sarapis and Isis. Pluto-Sarapis has the modius on his head, a utensil used for the measurement of grain. Persephone-Isis, with covered head, bears her symbols at the forehead, i.e. the crescent moon, the solar disk and the snake (uraeus). She is depicted holding in her right hand the sistrum and in the left probably the straps that kept the dog Cerberus. The composition is a typical example of syncretism, namely the mingling and integration of beliefs from different religions during the Hellenistic and Roman times.
Gortyna, Temple of Egyptian Deities, Roman period, mid 2nd cent. AD.
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