By popular demand, part 2: Ðirona

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):

Ðirona of Hochscheid (uncoloured)

Ðirona of Hochscheid (uncoloured museum replica).

I thought she might look nice in turquoise, with the snake brown as a nod to the Æsculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus):

Ðirona of Hochscheid (unfinished)

Ðirona of Hochscheid: colourizing underway…

…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:

Ðirona of Hochscheid (coloured)

Ðirona of Hochscheid. Museum replica, now in colour.
(Photo by Viducus Brigantici filius, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

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).


About DeoMercurio

I’m a Gaulish polytheist, now back living in lands ceded by the Council of Three Fires after several years’ sojourn in Anatolia and in the land of the Senecas, with frequent travels to Gaul along the way. My grandfather’s family came from the area around Trier, and I identify closely with the Treveri in my religious practice.
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5 Responses to By popular demand, part 2: Ðirona

  1. Pingback: By popular demand, part 1: Mercury | Deo Mercurio

  2. solsdottir says:

    I always thought the shawl was just part of the dress – it just shows that you need to see things in 3D to really ‘see’ them. The turquoise dress is a nice touch although I never would have made the connection with scrubs! She looks pretty good.

    • DeoMercurio says:

      Well, thank you — in fact there’s even a third garment, the tunic, which might be visible around her neckline (hard to tell), though it doesn’t seem to show down by her ankles. I’m wondering whether I ought to apply a little off-white paint to the neck area, or whether this would just seem visually uninterpretable…

  3. I can hear Her hymns being sung now:

    “M-m-m-my Sirona!”

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