Her priestesses were drummers: they spoke to her and she answered in the ancient language of trance-inducing beats. They Sybils at Cumae were her oracles.
This Drumming Goddess was worshiped for thousands of years in Babylon, Egypt and Greece. Regally seated upon her lion-throne conveys her queenship as Magna Mater of Rome.
During the transition to Christianity, Cybele’s massive temple was replaced by St. Peter’s Basilica. Celebrate the legacy of this Goddess of the Sacred Drum!
[Berlin Museum, c. 100 BCE]
9 1/2″ gypsumstone statue, sienna wash color finish.