Neptune with a sceptre
NamesBineteau, P. (Lithographer)Petit, Louis, 1760-approximately 1812 (Engraver)
Wonders: Images of the Ancient World
Mythology -- Neptune
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1844 - 1861
Library locationsThe Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture CollectionShelf locator: PC-WON OX MYT-Nep
TopicsNeptune (Roman deity)Poseidon (Greek deity)DeerCupid (Roman deity)Wings (Anatomy)Venus (Roman deity)Aphrodite (Greek deity)Apollo (Greek deity)Decoration and ornament -- Plant Forms -- GreeceGanymede (Greek mythology)Eros (Greek deity)
NotesContent: A "hydria" is a water jug. Lerna was the name of a marsh and a little river, supposedly where Herakles slew the giant snake called the Hydra. An "edicule" ("little edifice") is a small structure built over a tomb or sacred spot. Ganymede was a beautiful young boy carried off to Mount Olympus by Zeus in the form of an eagle. The fact that he still plays with a hoop shows his youth. A "labre" is a wash-basin. A "pyxis" is a jewel box. Pothos was a personification of desire, often shown as a companion of Aphrodite. Cyparissus was a man who grieved so much after accidentally killing his favorite stag that the gods turned him into a cypress tree. A "strigil" is an implement which looks like a tiny sickle or a blunt-edged straight razor, used to scrape off sweat and dirt after exercising. The sponge and carrying bag were both used in bathing.Content: Written below image: " Neptune with a sceptre and Amymone daughter of Danaüs with her hydria at her feet are seated in a grotto near the fountain of Lerna behind which is an edicule that indicates the source of the Lerna River. Beside her is Ganymede crowned with myrtle, holding a wand (to roll his hoop). His hand rests on a stele and beside him is a labre symbol of the purifications practised in the mysteries. Ganymeda or Hebe ... holds a pyxis. A hind stands before her. Flowers and pebbles are on the earth. Above the grotto are Aphrodite with Pothos ... [She] holds a mirror up to Eros who spears a serpent with an egg before it. Apollo or Cyparissus ... seats [sic] on a tomb. His attributes are a hind, a strigil and a bag to hold his sponge."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 DescriptionLithographsExtent: 34.5 x 52 cm.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersUniversal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1059db40-c5bf-012f-0092-58d385a7bc34
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