An image of Diana worship

A mosaic found in Lillebonne features Diana with her traditional attributes. She is portrayed on a pedestal in the middle of the image, wearing a short tunic, holding a bow in her left hand and preparing to take an arrow from her quiver. She is shown in a dynamic pose, with bent knees.
The most interesting aspect of this image, however, is that the goddess is not represented as a living being taking part in a mythological episode, but rather as a bronze statue (she is green in colour), placed in a scene from everyday life. This image therefore gives us a clearer idea of the role played by representations of the gods in the daily lives of the Romans.
The whole mosaic shows four episodes in a great stag hunt. In this particular episode, the master (no doubt the figure in the right foreground, holding a jug and patera), has come to worship Diana, hoping for her assistance during the hunt. On the left, a figure wearing an orange tunic stands before the altar; this is no doubt a priest who is conducting the ceremony. This mosaic illustrates the religious habits of a wealthy Roman, but it is highly probable that more modest Romans and Gallo-Romans practised the same rites before little bronze or terracotta statuettes representing the gods.