Yahu coin from Gaza, 4th century BCE, which shows him seated on a winged throne chariot, holding a bird. What is interesting about this imagery, is that it was used in Greece, well before and during  this application in Gaza and attributing it to Yahu. Yahu / IAW is written in Pale-Hebrew around the figures head.







This coin dates to the late 4th century BCE and shows Zeus holding an eagle.




From an Attic kylix (wide bowled drinking cup with handles) there is an image of Hephaestus, dating to 525 BCE.  The solar chair is winged and while Hephaestus is not holding a bird in his hand, the arm of the chair stretches out into a cranes head.




Prior to the depiction of Zeus on the throne and even Hephaestus in the winged chair, was that of Athene on a throne or in a chariot, especially depicted with various birds, such as crows, ravens, sea birds, doves, not just an owl. This is a dominant imagery for Athene / Athena, not Zeus, and especially not Hephaestus. She is frequently shown on coins from various times, representing the martial aspect that the patriarchal empires forced her into, not holding a bird, which she is earlier represented with, but holding the later offshoot of herself, the winged Nike, the messenger of victory, which is very necessary to war oriented patriarchal, Indo-European cultures. The three coins below range from 350 BCE to 200 BCE with the clearest image for reference. The older coins I found, were too worn to show much distinction.






Clearly the imagery f the goddess, then various gods was assimilated and attributed to Yahu / IAW, just as many of the much older characteristics of EL, from the Canaanite / Ugaritic accounts, as well as Adad / Hadad the Syrian storm god were assimilated into the written text of the Jews in the Tanak / Bible. For further information, please see the Worthless Deities in the Hebrew Text study.





Kathryn QannaYahu