Haniwa, female shrine attendant, Japan, Kofun period, 6th c., earthenware with traces of color, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015 (2015.300.255) #japaneseart #themet
Egyptian god/goddess Ba-Bird. 6th-4th century B.C. Inv.nr.2126. Roemer Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim.The ancient Egyptians believed that a human soul was made up of five parts: the Ren, the Ba, the Ka, the Sheut, and the Ib. In addition to these components of the soul there was the human body (called the ha, occasionally a plural haw, meaning approximately sum of bodily parts). The other souls were aakhu, khaibut, and khat.
FIVE SCYTHIAN GOLD APPLIQUÉS Circa Mid 5th Century B.C. All die-formed, including one in the form of a reclining lion in profile to the left, double zig-zag on its mane; two in the form of a winged sphinx in profile to the left; and two in the form of a stag in profile to the left, its head turned back, each with perforations for attachment
Terracotta Statuette of a Siren Archaic Greece (550-500 BC) The Sirens were mythical creatures said to lure sailors to their doom with their songs. In modern art they often appear as mermaid like creatures because of their link to the sea, however in Greek mythology they were these bird-women who clung to rocks. This statuette may have been a dedication in a sanctuary. Source:The Metropolitan Museum of Art