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Mythological beings.
Fourquemin (fl. 1835-1853) (Lithographer)
Housselin, Alexis Louis Pierre (Engraver)

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Mythology (General)

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1844 - 1861
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON MYT
Shelf locator: PC-WON OX MYT
Serpents -- Mythology
Ceres (Roman deity)
Jupiter (Roman deity)
Mercury (Roman deity)
Venus (Roman deity)
Persephone (Greek deity)
Aphrodite (Greek deity)
Demeter (Greek deity)
Triptolemus (Greek mythology)
Hermes (Greek deity)
Zeus (Greek deity)
Proserpina (Roman deity)
Chariots -- Greece
Hecate (Greek deity)
Content : A "scaphoid" is a boat-like drinking vessel. A "paropsis" is a low-sided platter used for serving food. The creatures described as dragons in the caption look like big snakes with crests on their heads. Note the different possible identities assigned to some of the figures in the painting, the result of trying to identify them based on the attributes (clothing, hair, objects carried or held, etc.) illustrated by the artist.

Content : Heavy foxing along left and right sides, bottom and center fold of picture. Written below image: "Jupiter sits on Olympus [,] an eagle mounted on his sceptre, and looks at Ceres and Aphrodite, or Proserpine and one of the seasons, holding ivy. Mercury ... holds his caduceus. Two flowers in the form of stars are above. Triptolemus in his winged chariot drawn by two dragons holds his sceptre and wheat. Ceres presents wheat to her protege. She holds a torch ending with crossed pieces that form a circle when lighted. Hecate holds a torch. Proserpine holds a scaphoid or paropsis to feed the dragon. ... Poniatowski collection."

Content : Triptolemus was a "culture hero" (the mythical inventor of a useful art or skill) who taught early people about the basics of agriculture and civilization. In this picture, major deities are present with him, showing his importance. Snakes, since they lived in the ground, were symbols of knowledge of the secrets of the Earth.

Source note: Elite des monuments céramographiques : matériaux pour l''histoire des religions et des moeurs de l''antiquité. (Paris : Leleux, 1844-1861) Lenormant, Charles (1802-1859), Author.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : b ; 34.5 x 50 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
UUID: 924e0e50-c5be-012f-90e7-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1835: Creator Born
  • 1844: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1853: Creator Died
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mythological beings." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1844 - 1861. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5fef-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mythological beings." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5fef-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1844 - 1861). Mythological beings. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5fef-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Mythological beings.