Feminine Power at the British Museum: Mary Beard roars on to the battlefield | Culture

Feminine Power at the British Museum is two exhibitions happening at once. First, it’s a survey of the female divinities that have been worshipped, collected and invented round the world since humans began making art. From Sedna, half-woman, half-seal, the Inuit mistress of the sea, to Minerva, the simultaneous Roman goddess of war and wisdom; from Kali, the furious Hindu slasher with a taste for blood and knives, to Mary, the soothing virgin mother, every global religion has had cause at some point to visualize a distant divinity.

That is show one. Show two is the presentation of a contemporary feminine viewpoint that addresses this international history of the goddesses and seeks to direct our understanding of it. The first thing we encounter is

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