Exhibition Event, Wake Forest University

Mother Goddess: Fertility Figures of the Ancient Mediterranean :

Partner Exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

Date: Tue, February 06, 2018 - Sat, May 12, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm

Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University



Childbirth was a magical and religious act for ancient cultures of the Mediterranean.  Necessary for life, but also dangerous, it was a time in women’s lives that required the intervention of the divine.  Sculpted in stone, clay, and metal, the female figures on display in this exhibit provided a connection between mortals’ hopes for children and the goddesses that could provide them.  Many of the figures represent well-known characters from classical mythology.  It was these myths that inspired Americans in the 19th century to travel to the Mediterranean and collect antiquities, ultimately forming the very collections on display in museums today.  This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage. Admission is free.

More about the Museum of Anthropology at moa.wfu.edu.

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