Ancient Roman marble statue of the Egyptian goddess ISIS; her garment is knotted with an 'Isis knot' and her headdress includes Hathor's cow horns enclosing a sun disc; she holds her attribute of a sistrum (only the handle remains) and a jug for sacred Nile water (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)
In Sicily, where the relationship between the living and the dead has always been strong, the city of Palermo hosts one of the world's more bizarre and morbid tourist attractions. Through the doors of the Capuchin Monastery, which looks like any other building from the outside, visitors can descend into the large Capuchin catacombs. Pinned to the walls, sitting on benches and shelves and tucked away in open coffins are nearly 8,000 corpses, each one dressed in their Sunday best.
Detail of the "Piraeus Athena" bronze statue with a single banded aegis. Athena, one of whose epithets was Glaukopi (translated as "shing-eyed", "bright-eyed" or "owl-faced"). The stone inlays of the eyes really do shine against the dark bronze. It is thought that in her left hand she held a spear or a shield, and in her right a statuette of Nike, an owl or a libation bowl. She wears a Doric peplos, and the cheek coverings of her Corinthian helmet are decorated with owls.