Scientists have unearthed a Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda that shows trade existed between China and east Africa decades before European explorers set sail and changed the map of the world. (Credit: John Weinstein/The Field Museum)
This coin shows Aphrodite of Aphrodisias, another pillar goddess whose temple was in southwestern Turkey. This depiction somewhat resembles a bee, or a bundle. Aphrodite too wears the feather crown (which originated with her forebears, Ashtart of Canaan and Atargatis, Dea Syria) and is flanked by the ears of grain.