3054 – Diana: Statue of Diana with hounds and stag
- Museum classification:
- 25 cm x 16 cm x 9cm
Based on the 16th century sculpture from Versailles, now in the Louvre, entitled 'Fountain of Diana'.
Diana was the Roman Goddess of hunting, wild animals, and the moon.
She was later described as leader of a company of witches: “Some evil women claim that at night they ride upon animals with Diana, the goddess of the pagans, and travel vast distances” (Regino of Prűm, Canon Episcopi, c.906); and also as Queen of the Fairies: “That fourth kind of spirits, which by the Gentiles was called Diana, and her wandering Court, and amongst us was called the Fairy” (King James I, Daemonologie). It is likely that these Classically educated writers were conflating her with the Northern European Goddess Holda (see 515).