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Background imageCult Collection: The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC

The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC
Prehistory. The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC. Scandinavian

Background imageCult Collection: Longest Day at Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Longest Day at Stonehenge, Wiltshire
People gathering at Stonehenge, Wiltshire on the longest day of the year, on or near 21 June 1912. This photograph shows a daybreak pilgrimage by members of The Universal Bond of the Sons of Men

Background imageCult Collection: ALACOQUEs VISION 1675

ALACOQUEs VISION 1675
Marguerite-Marie Alacoque has her fourth (and last) vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, at Paray-le-Mondial, France : this will lead to the Catholic cult of the Sacre Coeur

Background imageCult Collection: Vision, Rue Du Bac

Vision, Rue Du Bac
The Virgin Mary as seen by novice Catherine Laboure in the chapel at the rue du Bac, inspiring the Miraculous Medal which has become a worldwide Catholic cult

Background imageCult Collection: Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. Scene cult initiation, 16

Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. Scene cult initiation, 16
Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. Inside. Scene cult initiation, 1675. Engraving by Dutch Hooglhe Romeyn (1645-1708). Baroque. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Netherlands

Background imageCult Collection: Thuggee Chief 1843

Thuggee Chief 1843
Chief of the Thugs, captured by Captain Vallancey in Arcot disguised as a travellers escort

Background imageCult Collection: Statue of the Goddess Sakhmet. Egypt

Statue of the Goddess Sakhmet. Egypt
Statue of the Lion Goddess Sakhmet. Diorite. Reign of Amenophis III. C. 1400-1365 BC. Origin unknown. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageCult Collection: Thuggee Poisoner 19th C

Thuggee Poisoner 19th C
Notorious Indian thug poisoner

Background imageCult Collection: St Marguerite

St Marguerite
SAINT MARGUERITE (Marie Alacoque) The saint who introduced the cult of the sacred heart

Background imageCult Collection: Topkapi Palace. Chapel of the relics of the Prophet

Topkapi Palace. Chapel of the relics of the Prophet
Ottoman Empire. Turkey. Constantinople (today Istanbul). Topkapi Palace. Chapel of the Seraglio. Relics of the Prophet. Engraving by Lemaitre

Background imageCult Collection: Italy, Pompeii. Villa of the Mysteries

Italy, Pompeii. Villa of the Mysteries. Ancient Roman suburban Villa. Frescoes depicting a bride initiating into a Bacchian Mysteries in preparation for marriage, 1st century AD. Date: 2014

Background imageCult Collection: Italy, Pompeii. Statue of Dancing Faun (copy)

Italy, Pompeii. Statue of Dancing Faun (copy)
Italy, Pompeii. House of the Faun. Dancing Faun. Impluvium in the Atrium. Copy (the original sculpture is preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Naples). Date: 2014

Background imageCult Collection: Photograph of Lady Dorothy Nevill and Mr John Burns at the Opening of the Victoria

Photograph of Lady Dorothy Nevill and Mr John Burns at the Opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum; One of the illustrations from the memoir "Under Five Reigns" by Lady Dorothy Nevill

Background imageCult Collection: Kim Il Sung, communist leader of North Korea

Kim Il Sung, communist leader of North Korea
Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), Korean communist leader of North Korea, Prime Minister 1948-1972 and President 1972-1994. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageCult Collection: Diocletians Palace, now part of the old town of

Diocletians Palace, now part of the old town of Split, Croatia. Parte del Palazzo di Diocleziano. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Nasi from Giulio Ferrarios Costumes Ancient

Background imageCult Collection: The Green Dome in the Mosque of the Prophet, Medina

The Green Dome in the Mosque of the Prophet, Medina
The Green Dome, or al-Qubah al-Khadra, in the Mosque of the Prophet, Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The tomb of Mahomet at Medina. Sepoloro di Maometto a Medina

Background imageCult Collection: The Eleusinian Mysteries

The Eleusinian Mysteries, initiations for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis, Greece. The goddess Ceres sits on the Puteal on the Callirhoe well surrounded by dancing virgins

Background imageCult Collection: Depiction of a Roman Bacchanal or Bacchanalia

Depiction of a Roman Bacchanal or Bacchanalia
Depiction of a Roman Bacchanal from a sculpture on a labrum in the Pio Clementino Museum. Five Fauns with horns and tails and five Bacchantes in Spartan tunics dance. Baccanali

Background imageCult Collection: Costumes of religious elite of Ouidah, Benin

Costumes of religious elite of Ouidah, Benin, and an idol of black clay with a crown of lizards, snakes and feathers seated on a pedestal

Background imageCult Collection: Festival in honour of the Serpent God

Festival in honour of the Serpent God (centered around Ouidah, Benin). Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Antonio Sasso from Giulio Ferrarios Ancient

Background imageCult Collection: Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance at the Albert Hall

Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance at the Albert Hall
A public baptismal ceremony at the Albert Hall on Good Friday, 1928, where nine hundred men and women of the Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance were immersed in a tank of warm water

Background imageCult Collection: Womans cult of the dog: No. VIII - the toy spaniel (King Charles Spaniel) Date

Womans cult of the dog: No. VIII - the toy spaniel (King Charles Spaniel) Date: 1913

Background imageCult Collection: Stele dedicated to bull Mnevis by laundryman Ipi. Egypt

Stele dedicated to bull Mnevis by laundryman Ipi. Egypt
Stele dedicated to bull Mnevis by laundryman Ipi. Limestone. 19th Dynasty. New Kingdom. C. 1300-1200 BC. Probably from Heliopolis. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageCult Collection: Greek Theatrical Masks

Greek Theatrical Masks
Masks were worn by the actors in ancient Greek theatre which evolved from the cult of Dionysos : all actors were male, so masks were especially necessary for female roles

Background imageCult Collection: The Adoration of the Golden calf. Engraving. Colored

The Adoration of the Golden calf. Engraving. Colored
The Israelites worshiping of the Golden calf during Moses absence. Engraving. Colored

Background imageCult Collection: America. Florida. 16th century. Ritual dedicated to the sun

America. Florida. 16th century. Ritual dedicated to the sun god. Sacrifice deer skin. Engraving, 1850. Color

Background imageCult Collection: Berlin Gold Hat. Fine gold leaf. 1000 BC

Berlin Gold Hat. Fine gold leaf. 1000 BC
Berlin Gold Hat. Thin gold leaf. Late Bronze Age. 1000 BC. Detail. Unknown origin, probably South Germany. Neues Museum. Berlin. Germany

Background imageCult Collection: The Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum) by Hartmann Sche

The Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum) by Hartmann Schedel. 1493. IllustratorMichael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. Language: Latin, German. Engraving

Background imageCult Collection: Apollo Kanachos relief. Miletus

Apollo Kanachos relief. Miletus
Relief depicting a cult statue of Apollo, standing between two torch-bearers. The image of god are a quotation from a famous archaic cult statue by Kanachos. 175-200 AD. Marble

Background imageCult Collection: Egypt. Funerary stela of wood. Luxor, Late Period, 650-640 B

Egypt. Funerary stela of wood. Luxor, Late Period, 650-640 B
Egyptian art. Egypt. Baba, daughter of the priest of Amun Bes-n-Mut, praying to the sun gods Atum (left) and Re-Harakhte. Funerary stela of wood. Luxor, Late Period, 650-640 BC

Background imageCult Collection: Bronze Age. Four interlaced plaits. From Farup at Vindum, ce

Bronze Age. Four interlaced plaits. From Farup at Vindum, central Jutland. C. 350 BC. National Museum of Denmark

Background imageCult Collection: Lurs. The lur horns are Nordic wind instruments. Used for Br

Lurs. The lur horns are Nordic wind instruments. Used for Br
Prehistory. Art. Metal Age. Lurs. The lur horns are the distinctively Nordic wind instruments. Used to create an atmospheric background of sound for Bronze Age rituals

Background imageCult Collection: Stele dedicated to Mnevis, the bull of Ra. Egypt

Stele dedicated to Mnevis, the bull of Ra. Egypt
Stele dedicated to Mnevis, the bull of Ra. Limestone. 20th Dynasty. New Kingdom. C. 1100 BC. From Heliopolis. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageCult Collection: Pergamon Altar. Telephos Frieze. Detail

Pergamon Altar. Telephos Frieze. Detail
Pergamon Altar. 164-156 BC. Telephos Frieze. Detail. Cults at the Sanctuary of Dionysus. Pergamon Museum. Berlin. Germany

Background imageCult Collection: Mesopotamian stone cult vessel. Uruk

Mesopotamian stone cult vessel. Uruk
Stone cult vessel with anthropomorphic decoration, supported by two heroes wearing belts. 3300-3000 BC. Late Uruk Period. Mesopotamian-Sumerian art. Probably from Uruk. British Museum. London

Background imageCult Collection: Taurobolium Altar. National Archaeological Museum. Athens. G

Taurobolium Altar. National Archaeological Museum. Athens. G
Taurobolium Altar (360-370) with relief depicting the goddess Cybele enthroned with Demeter (right) flanked by Persephone Kore and Iacchus. Probably from Chalandri. National Archaeological Museum

Background imageCult Collection: Cathy McGowan

Cathy McGowan (b. 1943), journalist and TV presenter, finding fame and iconic style status as the presenter of the cult pop programme Ready Steady Go!

Background imageCult Collection: Figure of the reliquary Bwete or Bwitti (Gabon)

Figure of the reliquary Bwete or Bwitti (Gabon). The Mahongwe practice an ancestor cult (bwiti or bwete) that was at the center of a system of beliefs and rites

Background imageCult Collection: Hare Krishna San Francisco 1969

Hare Krishna San Francisco 1969
Hare Krishna chanting in Union Square, San Francisco summer of 1969 Date: 1969

Background imageCult Collection: Ritual of Self-Mutilation by Aissaoua Brotherhood, Morocco

Ritual of Self-Mutilation by Aissaoua Brotherhood, Morocco
A member of the snake charmers cult The Aissaoua Brotherhood ceremonially cuts his head on the Day of Sacrifices a ritual of self-mutilation. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCult Collection: ITALY. Pompeii. Villa of Mysteries. Beginning

ITALY. Pompeii. Villa of Mysteries. Beginning to the dionysion cult. 1st c. BC. Detail of the ritual of the cleanness. Roman art. Painting; Fresco

Background imageCult Collection: Claudia Quinta dragging a ship into Rome

Claudia Quinta dragging a ship into Rome
The Roman matron Claudia Quinta clears her name by dragging a ship bearing a statue of the Cult of the Great Mother (Magna Mater, Cult of Cybele) into Rome, after first praying to the gods for help

Background imageCult Collection: Pan by Walter Hammond

Pan by Walter Hammond
A woman dressed as the god Pan purses her lips. 1929

Background imageCult Collection: Fantastic Adventures - Cult of the Eagle

Fantastic Adventures - Cult of the Eagle
Cover of Fantastic Adventures, July 1946, featuring the story Cult of the Eagle by Berkeley Livingston. A bird-man throws a young woman in the air while a man in a blue suite pointing a gun hat him

Background imageCult Collection: Statuette of Mars, god of war. Roman. Bronze. From Rome. 2nd

Statuette of Mars, god of war. Roman. Bronze. From Rome. 2nd-3rd century. Episcopal Museum of Vic. Catalonia. Spain

Background imageCult Collection: Funerary altar. Roman, late 2nd century-arly 3rd century. Ma

Funerary altar. Roman, late 2nd century-arly 3rd century. Marble. From Merida. Spain. Episcopal Museum of Vic. Catalonia. Spain

Background imageCult Collection: Roman mosaic of Bacchic scene from workshop of Anmus Ponius

Roman mosaic of Bacchic scene from workshop of Anmus Ponius. From Merida (Augusta Emerita), Spain. 4th C. National Museum of Roman Art. Merida. Spain

Background imageCult Collection: Italy. Pompeii. Temple of Isis. 1st century AD

Italy. Pompeii. Temple of Isis. 1st century AD. Ruins



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