Condition: New, Handmade in Greece Diameter: 29 cm - 11,4 inches Weight: 800 g Material: clay, paint, ceramic, terracotta
Ancient Greek Myth This fragment was discovered in the place where the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, Greece, was later built. It’s part of a drinking cup (kylix, aboyt 470 BC) and depicts a typical representation of Apollo, god of light and music, on a white background. The god is depicted wearing a white chiton (a type of robe) fastened with brooches at the shoulders while a red cloak covers the lower part of his body. His long hair is tied back, and he is wearing a crown of myrtle leaves. He is offering a libation with his right hand, pouring wine from a bottle, while he holds a lyre with seven chords, fashioned from a tortoise shell in his left. A black bird watches the scene, probably a crow: it is probably a reference to the myth of Koronida, a princess that Apollo loved. A beautiful pottery sample of the Classical Period. The motif is also known as Greek key or Greek fret. Meander was the most important symbol in Ancient Greece, symbolizing infinity or the eternal flow of things. ... The twisting pattern symbolizes as well the bonds of friendship, of love and has also been thought to mimic the serpent, symbol of guardianship and healing.