Older than memory, this is the great
deity, the goddess of fertility. Whatever
takes, her chief function is to make fecund
earth, men and beasts, to insure the
of life. Sometimes she fills other roles--as
goddess of wisdom, of love, or of war--but
power over the fate of mankind is
This votive was offered centuries ago by
person seeking her favor and protection.
not know if the goddess granted the
the ancient life, but we feel about her still
aura of benevolence and mystery.