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Statue of Persian Goddess Uncovered Bear Prague
Czech archaeologists have uncovered a unique
seal shaped as the Persian fertility Goddess Anahita from the period of
the Migration of the Nations near Prague, archaeologist Petr Charvat told
"It is a completely unique finding," Charvat, an expert in
oriental cultures, said, adding that it can be compared to the renowned
ancient statue of "Venus of Vestonice" from south Moravia or the
bronze bull statue found in the cave Byci skala at Adamov, south Moravia.
Archaeologist David Danicek found the Anahita statue on the same spot
where he uncovered an ancient burial ground from the period of the
Migration of the Nations (4th-5th centuries A.D) during his research. He
said that a grave of a woman "of higher social rank" can be
hidden there as well.
The closest similar findings come from the Rhine River Basin where
archaeologists have excavated a grave full of weapons and decorations. The
so far first Czech finding of this kind, unique in its shape, dates back
to the same period, Danicek added.
"It is a sitting or half-kneeling woman's figure in a long green
coat with a golden hook and probably a golden necklace who is hiding her
face behind a book or a codex or maybe a couple of ivory plates. The lower
part of the statue, which is apparently formed as a seal, is decorated
with an erotic motive," Charvat said, describing the statue.