Statues for Flora and Aphrodite

 

Flora with roses

Flora with roses

   Sometimes it can be difficult to find just the right image to offer to the Gods. I have been looking for a while for a statue of Aphrodite but couldn’t find anything I really liked except for a replica of the Venus Genetrix, which was “out of stock indefiinitely” at the shops to which I made inquiries. I was also looking for a statue of Flora, but the only two statues that I found that were identified as Flora were not at all suitable.

Then, quite by chance, I came across the two figurines shown here. They were identified as spirits of spring flowers, or fairies of spring. I looked at the pictures for a while and then decided that I had made a discovery. The figure with the roses would make a fine image of Flora, and after some consideration I thought that the figure with the lilies would be appropriate for Aphrodite. I don’t think that there are any ancient references that particularly associate Aphrodite with lilies, but now she has a new title (in my devotions anyway) “Aphrodite of the Lilies”. Roses are associated with both goddesses but I chose the figure with roses for Flora. Aphrodite has not been a major figure in my circle of deities in the past but she has been gently calling herself to my attention so I thought that I should do something. Flora used to be a major focus of devotion for me but over time that relationship gradually faded away. Well, Flora is back!
 
The style of the figures is Art Nouveau, after designs by Mucha. Not classical GraecoRoman exactly, but very nicely done.

Aphrodite with lilies

Aphrodite with lilies

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