Ðirona, also known as Sirona (and even
Sirona and Θirona: tau gallicum for the win!), is a Gaulish deity who should probably get more press than she currently does. Healing! Starlight! Regeneration! Sacred waters! In fact, have I devoted a blog post to the cultus of Ðirona yet? If not I really should…
In the meantime, however: perhaps the most appealing image of Ðirona comes from Hochscheid, which is in Treveran country on the right bank of the Moselle not far from Bernkastel-Kues. Here in a sanctuary were found two rather charming naïve statues of Sirona (so spelled in the local inscription) and Apollo (shown playing the lyre). On a visit to the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier around 2008 or so, I obtained a museum replica of the Ðirona statue (scaled down and executed in what appears to be clay—though how it didn’t explode in the kiln is beyond me):
I thought she might look nice in turquoise, with the snake brown as a nod to the Æsculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus):
…and then discovered something I had never consciously realized, namely that she’s got a kind of shawl that’s separate from her gown. These were all the rage in Roman Gaul, at least in the Rhineland area, so it’s no surprise—but it shows how much attention I pay to clothes! I made her shawl purple-ish. (Nighttime starlight…?) Anyway, voilà:
This feels a wee bit clumsier than my previous efforts, for whatever reason—but hopefully reasonably acceptable? I gave her just a touch of blue eye shadow since I thought her face looked a little colourless otherwise; the eye shadow also hints at the nocturnal setting appropriate to her stellar theme (hopefully?). And of course the turquoise is meant to hint at calm soothing waters (and not coincidentally medical scrubs).