Hectate Shrine Sculture
W. 26cm : H. 22.2cm
Hecate with three bodies, each holding a torch to remind us that she sought out and found Persephone, who had been abducted by Hades to the Underworld. The body on the right holds a sword and the body on the left, missing her head, holds a harp, The middle head wears a modius with a crescent moon. Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft, of the Moon, and the goddess to approach when one is at a crossroads in life. She is a complex figure and there are many interpretations of her place in mythology, including the theory that she is a pre-Olympian goddess. She even makes an appearance in Shakespeare's play, Macbeth. Her household shrine was often placed at the entrance of the home.