Black Athena Picture

Some scholars of ancient history, most notably Martin Bernal, have put forward the hypothesis that the prominent Greek goddess Athena evolved from the Egyptian Neith. Not only did both goddesses patronize warfare, weaving, wisdom, and justice in their respective cultures, but some Greek traditions actually do place Athena's place of birth somewhere in Africa (or "Libya" as the Greeks called it), so I can see why they would make the connection. Anyway, I thought a Black African Athena would make a cool subject for a quick portrait.

Her hair isn't supposed to be naturally red here, for ancient Egyptians and Nubians would sometimes stain their hair red with henna or ocher.
Athena Promachos
Athena: Detail
Black Athena
Athena 02