In the Roman pantheon, Janus is the two-faced god of beginnings, limits, doors, gateways, and departure.  Unlike the other Greco-Roman deities, Janus was not imported from Greece to Rome.

Janus, God of the Threshold

In the Roman pantheon, Janus is the two-faced god of beginnings, limits, doors, gateways, and departure. Unlike the other Greco-Roman deities, Janus was not imported from Greece to Rome.

Janus - In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus (Latin: Ianus) is the god of beginnings and transitions,[1] thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus. Source: Wikipedia

Janus - In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus (Latin: Ianus) is the god of beginnings and transitions,[1] thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus. Source: Wikipedia

It's January first today, New Year's Day.   Happy New Year!   Here we are at the turning point in the year, at the threshold or gateway ...

It's January first today, New Year's Day. Happy New Year! Here we are at the turning point in the year, at the threshold or gateway ...

Herm of Janus, marble, Italian. late 18th century, Hermitage, St.Petersburg, Russia.

Herm of Janus, marble, Italian. late 18th century, Hermitage, St.Petersburg, Russia.

Andreas Friedrich. Emblemata Nova. 1617.

Andreas Friedrich. Emblemata Nova. 1617.

Senoufo Mask Wanyugo Les Sénoufo distinguent le petit monde dans lequel les humains vivent et l’immensité pleine de forces inconnues. Ce masque sert d’intermédiaire entre ces deux mondes et une boule de substance magique placée sur le front ou dans la gueule du masque symbolise les forces du mal.

Senoufo Mask Wanyugo Les Sénoufo distinguent le petit monde dans lequel les humains vivent et l’immensité pleine de forces inconnues. Ce masque sert d’intermédiaire entre ces deux mondes et une boule de substance magique placée sur le front ou dans la gueule du masque symbolise les forces du mal.

Winter (January) involved the god Janus, who looked backwards and forwards. This is the god behind New Year's celebrations.

Winter (January) involved the god Janus, who looked backwards and forwards. This is the god behind New Year's celebrations.

Bust of the Roman God Janus

Bust of the Roman God Janus

Janus Symbol Image Pictogram. One face for the past (Old) and one face for the future (Young).

Janus Symbol Image Pictogram. One face for the past (Old) and one face for the future (Young).

Anne of Bretony as Prudence (the Virtue). Her face is used for the woman's face and the ancient face signifies wisdom (and prudence).

Anne of Bretony as Prudence (the Virtue). Her face is used for the woman's face and the ancient face signifies wisdom (and prudence).

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Janus

Janus

Exceptionnel double portrait de Janus, France, fin XVIIe / début XVIIIe siècle | Lot | Sotheby's

Exceptionnel double portrait de Janus, France, fin XVIIe / début XVIIIe siècle | Lot | Sotheby's

Songye janus, Coll. Kunin, Congo

Songye janus, Coll. Kunin, Congo

Janus | Tecno Spa

Janus | Tecno Spa

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