From left to right: 1. The Goddess Ishtar, Circa 3000 BC.; 2. Ftelia on Mykonos, Neolithic figurine; 3. Early Cycladic 2700-2300 BC.; 4. Goddess Figure Pakistan circa 2nd century BC.; 5. Venus Impudique (“immodest Venus”) c. 14,000 BC, from Laugerie-Basse, Vezerey in Dordogne); 6. Figurine, 800s BC Iran; 7. Cycladic figure, 3200-2000 BC., Greece.
The Goddess is the most potent and persistent feature in the archaeological records of the ancient world, a symbol of the unity of life in nature and the personification of all that was sacred and mysterious on earth.