APOLLO ON THE CHARIOT OF THE SUN Ancient Greece, Ceramics
This amphora depicts two scenes. On the one side you can see Apollo riding the chariot of the Sun. Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto, twin brother of Artemis. He was the god of music, and he is often depicted playing a golden lyre. He was also known as the Archer, far shooting with a silver bow, the god of healing, giving the science of medicine to man, the god of light and the god of truth. One of Apollo’s most important daily tasks was to harness his four-horse chariot, in order to move the Sun across the sky.
On the other side you can see the contest between Goddess Athena and God Poseidon. There once came a time in Ancient Greece when the first king of Athens, Cecrops, who was half person and half snake, had to find a patron deity for the city state of Athens. The two Olympian gods who were particularly interested in the patronage were Poseidon, the god of the Seas and Athena, the goddess of Wisdom and Skill. They presented themselves in front of Cecrops and Cecrops asked from them to offer a gift truly valuable for Athens. Poseidon came first: he struck the earth powerfully and created a well with his trident. Immediately, streaming water shot forth, but the water turned out to be salty and not very useful for the population. Next, it was the turn of goddess Athena. Athena stepped forward, struck her spear into the ground and then she kneeled and planted an olive branch in it. This way she created an olive tree, as a symbolization of peace and prosperity on earth. Cecrops was very impressed by Athenas gift. So he chose Athena to lay claim of the city of Athens and the city was named after her.
We utilise the materials and methods used by ancient Greeks and employ only top quality ceramics and paints. As the item is made by hand it may vary slightly from the image shown.
It will be delivered to you direct from Greece in 1 to 2 weeks.
Condition: New. Handmade in Greece. Hand Painted.
Height: 50cm (20″)