2nd c. CE (?)
Gift of Mr. Leonard Epstein
This bronze head is not securely identified but perhaps represents an example of syncretism or the assimilation of similar deities from different cultures. Here the goddess Venus may be conflated with the Egyptian love and fertility goddess, Hathor. This process of assimilation reinforces the cross-cultural importance of the fertility goddess, who is present in numerous ancient and modern cultures.
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"I still remember the feeling of awe and disbelief when I was alone and walked in the room with those casts." --Ruth Tofle, chair of architecture, winner of the 2013 distinguished faculty award from the MU Alumni Association