Brooklyn Museum Identifies Maryann’s Statue

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Remember the statue Sam picked up at Maryann’s house in True Blood‘s season premiere? He remembered it from his encounter with Maryann as a 17-year-old, too. Clearly that statue is significant, but what’s the big deal? The Brooklyn Museum has some clues: they have a similar statue in their collection, called “Bird Lady”. This statue dates back to around 3500 B.C.E. in Egypt. The symbolism, function, and identity of the figure are not certain; however, similar female figures painted on vessels from the same era appear to be goddesses, because they are always larger than the male “priests” shown with them.

Is this a clue that Maryann is a goddess? Is she 5000 years old? Or is it just another antique she likes to display?

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  1. julie

    June 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    In the flashback with 17 year old Sam, she strikes this pose when they are in bed and she starts to vibrate.

    • Robert

      July 4, 2009 at 5:59 pm

      If you remember she has a fresco at the pool of the god of love and a female making love… if you look closely it is her…. she somehow used her ability to seduce a god and now she is immortal and using her powers to make people amorous…

  2. Freyja

    June 23, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I always thought she was very reminiscent of the greek goddess, Demeter.

    1) She’s a goddess of fertility.
    2) She’s a goddess of the harvest.
    3) Her favorite animal is the pig.
    4) Now the statue!!!

    So much fits. SO MUCH!

  3. vnssa906

    June 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

    i will be visiting the Brooklyn Museum soon!!

  4. Latin From Manhattan

    June 25, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Being a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, on which the series is based, I think I know who and what Maryann is. Hints: the first time we see her, it’s late at night and she’s accompanied by a large wild pig. She lives in a lavish home, enjoys fine food and liquor, and seems to be encouraging her two proteges, Tara and Eggs, to become intimate. And she has what appears to be a private shrine to Pan in her home. Moreover, on the last episode, she seems to be instigating a near-orgy at Merlotte’s. And when Sam objects, she forces him to change into his dog shape. I think she’s more familiar with the god Dionysus than with Pan, and may have been acquainted with the sorceress Circe as well. Any one out there familiar with Greek mythology and religion who knows what I’m hinting at? ; )

    • Ekatropy

      June 26, 2009 at 10:12 pm

      Yes, I absolutely agree and not just because I am Greek. I think Mary Anne has some link to Dyonisos who is the god of wine, the inspirer of ritual madness and ecstasy, and a major figure of Greek Mythology, the Maenad is not really explored in the books in depth. I love to see how the show is drawing a correlation to Greek Mythology

  5. hayley

    June 25, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I believe she is a Maenad. Everything seems to add up.

  6. Tiago

    June 27, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I do believe she is a Goddess.All the reasons pointed out in the previous comments just make it right for her to be a goddess.Come on, if vampires are real in the show, and not just vampires (because vampires are out in the open, so technically they’re not mythological any longer), shapeshifters, werewolves, that thing that attacks Sookie, why wouldn’t the Gods be real?I’m very excited about Maryann, I think she’s an awesome character!

  7. milo

    June 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I think that Maryanne may be a harpy… CHeck out

  8. daisy hicks

    June 30, 2009 at 2:52 am

    here is what i think marry an is and if you think about it it all fits.

    Hathor (Ht-hr – House of Horus)

    She was a goddess of many things, among them she was a:

    Celestial goddess: The Mistress of Heaven
    Goddess of love, music and beauty: the Goddess of Love, Cheerfulness, Music, and Dance,
    Goddess of women, firtility, children and childbirth: The Mother of Mothers, the Celestial Nurse,
    Goddess of destruction and drunkeness: The Vengeful Eye of Ra, the Lady of Drunkeness,
    Goddess of the dead: Lady of the West

  9. daisy hicks

    June 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

    see what i mean if you read everything i just posted and look at everything you have seen on the show do it not fit???????

  10. BrightStar8

    June 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I appreciate everybody’s input on who this Maryanne character is, as I am learning mythology, and she is so intriguing. Once I saw the statue, I was pretty sure… One thing that seems to me to be a running theme throughout ancient cultures is that the different gods/goddesses are actually the same one from Sumer to Egypt, and beyond, into the Greek/Roman cultures, etc. Take Egypt for example, as a polytheistic culture. I have read that each diety is actually the same one, but different in his/her aspects (as in another side to one’s personality). Where I am headed is Inanna-Ishtar-Isis-Aphrodite-Diana, but she seems to have many more names, up to and including Mystery Babylon Mother of Harlots who corrupts the church in the last days in Rev. 18 and is the same spirit mentioned in Isaiah 47. What do y’all think? I notice there is the common thread of duality in the dieties. They do both good and evil. I relate this, again, to the Bible in Genesis, where man was given a free will choice between 2 trees — the tree of life, or the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Note that the plumed serpent was there saying God was a liar, and that eating from the tree of knowledge which God told them not to eat would make them as gods. He promised them light, but they instead appear to have found only darkness, as God expells them from that pristine garden after that. I have not read the books, and so I need to see what Maenads are, and Demeter, but I am pretty certain they will easily tie in with my studies. When I researched harpies, sirens and Circe also came up. So, who is the pig? Shades of Amityville — maybe not really as docile as he appears. Is he that big bald guy?

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  12. Rosemary

    December 1, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Let me say thank you for this great website. I’m so much into antiques, I couldn’t find a better site for all the info I need.