On left: Might be my very favorite goddess figure. Such joy and whimsy! From ancient Greece. Commonly found in tombs and shrines, including those for children.Often the heads are bird-like, and the arms are wings. The face is my own addition. Right: Modeled from Venus Williams.
At left: An Egyptian fertility bird goddess – a blend of bird, woman, and deity with the often-seen raised-arm position. Many similar painted terra cotta figures, up to a foot tall, have been found in graves. Face is my own addition. At right: Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three-time Olympic gold medalist (plus one silver medal), graciously allowed me to use a famous photo of her as the model.
At left: Terracotta figurine found in ancient Greece (Mycenae). Presumed to be a goddess. With typical raised-arm position; wearing a full dress and beads on her head, neck, and dress. The face is hers; I gave it to the generic modern volleyball player, who needed one.