|HELLENISTIC MARBLE STATUE OF SEATED CYBELE
The Great Mother goddess enthroned, wearing a himation and polos, holding a tympanon and patera, a small lion resting on her lap.
Originally a Phrygian goddess, she is the deification of the Earth Mother, goddess of fertile earth, caverns and mountains, walls and fortresses, nature and wild animals.
3rd-2nd Century BC
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm.)
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no. 3; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2014, no. 2.
Cf. G. Richter, Catalogue of Greek Sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 127, pp. 75-76, 1954; G. Hanfmann & N. Ramage, Sculpture from Sardis, no. 259, pp. 169-170, fig. 447, 1978.