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Jean Raoux, Ancient Vestals; 1727 ~In ancient Roman religion, the Vestals or Vestal Virgins (Vestales, singular Vestalis), were priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth.

Vestal Virgins: 1727 by Jean Raoux (Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, France) - Rococo

A George III Coadestone figure of a Vestal Virgin -  dated 1794. 123cm

A George III Coadestone figure of a Vestal Virgin - dated (Thx Seulete)

Hestia // Goddess of Hearth, Home, & Family by reya-selene on Polyvore featuring Steve Madden, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Primitives By Kathy, Missoni and Avenue

Hestia // Goddess of Hearth, Home, & Family by reya-selene on Polyvore featuring Steve Madden, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Primitives By Kathy, Missoni and Avenue

≗ The Bee's Reverie ≗ The priestesses of historical descendants of the ancient Bee Goddess

Artemis of Ephesia - bees appear on her legs and at her waist. "The priestesses of historical descendents of the ancient Bee Goddess -- Demeter, Rhea, Cyble -- were called Melissae, the ancient Latin word for bees.

Jean Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) Réception des ambassadeurs du Siam à Fontainebleau (1864, Versailles).

the reception of the siamese ambassadors at fontainebleau - 1864 - Jean-Leon Gerome (Jean Leon Gerome)

Vesta Mythology | Vestal Virgins | Keep The Fire Burning

Roman Goddess Vesta represents the sacred heart or hearth of the home, the central fire which supplies heat and on which food is cooked. Nourishment and warmth, home and the center are Hers.

Young prince Ptolemy of Mauretania, grandson of Cleopatra VII Philopator and Marc Anthony, later last Roman client king of Mauretania, Roman bust (bronze), 1st century AD, (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

Roman Imperial bronze portrait head of Ptolemy of Mauretania, Julio-Claudian, circa A.

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