Closeup of Diana, the Goddess of the Hunt and Wood

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Featured in Preserving History group, 2-Sept-2013

Location: NJ Botanical Gardens, Skylands Manor, taken 18-Aug-2013.
This is a lead figure of the 4th century sculpture known as Diana de Versailles, the original is in the Louvre. Stag deer is beside Diana. This statue was cast around 1920 and is original to the estate gardens. It was restored in 1993 by Paul Crowther, grandson of H. Crowther who originally cast the statue in Surrey England. Funds for the restoration were donated by NJ Botanical Gardens state of NJ USA.

the NJ Botanical Gardens/Skylands Association was founded in 1976 to help the State of NJ preserve and restore the gardens and Manor House and to develop programs for public education and enjoyment throughout the year.

The Goddess Diana, is the Huntress and Goddess or fertility, childbirth and the wild woodlands and associated with the constellation of Ursa Major. She is also associated with fire festivals, her title Vesta, indicates a perpetual holy fire in her sanctuary. Her annual festival, held on August 13th, where she is invoked to protect the harvest from autumn storms, is the middle of summer, when the sun is at its hottest. Diana is often depicted holding a torch, a symbolic reminder of the fiery nature of the Goddess.

Diana – Diana Nemorensis – Diana Of The Wood
(The Celtic words dianna and diona, mean ‘divine’ and ‘brilliant’ respectively.)

Diana, Roman Goddess of the Hunt, her Greek counterpart is Artemis, from whom she acquires some of her aspects.

On the northern shores of Lake Nemi, Diana’s Mirror, in Italy, stood the sacred grove and sanctuary of the Goddess Diana.

Oak groves were especially sacred to her. According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.

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