This fine ceramic goblet is modeled after ancient Greek cups and has been lovingly handpainted in Greece by artists devoted to keeping the old Gods alive. This goblet features the story of Zeus, King of the Gods, and Ganymedes, the man whom Zeus would hav
This fine ceramic goblet is modeled after ancient Greek cups and has been lovingly handpainted in Greece by artists devoted to keeping the old Gods alive. This goblet features the story of Zeus, King of the Gods, and Ganymedes, the man whom Zeus would have as his lover.
4.5 Inches Tall. Wash by hand only.
This cup is handpainted on the outside with a scene of ancient Greek mythology. In Greek Mythology, Ganymedes was the embodiment of beauty. He was a handsome, young Trojan who was, as Homer describes, Òthe most beautiful of mortals.Ó In the myth of Ganymedes and Zeus, Ganymedes is herding his flock on the mountainside when Zeus sees him and is determined to make Gaynmedes his lover. Zeus, in the form of an eagle, abducts the young Ganymedes and carries him off to Mount Olympus to be the godÕs lover and cupbearer. Hera, Goddess of Women and Marriage, and wife of Zeus, upon hearing that Ganymedes was to be cupbearer as well as ZeusÕ lover, became enraged with jealousy. Her own daughter Hebe, Goddess of Youth, previously held the favored position of cupbearer. The omnipotent Zeus did not waiver in his affection for Ganymedes who would carry a golden cup as he accompanied the powerful god on his travels. Eventually, Ganymedes, recognizing the thirst of the mortals, no longer coveted his role and, refusing his position as ZeusÕ cupbearer, decided to pour out all the wine, ambrosia, and water of the gods. Although Zeus, a notoriously angry god, first wanted to punish Ganymedes, he eventually realized he had been unkind to the boy. Instead, Zeus set Ganymedes image among the stars as the constellation and God Aquarius, making him immortal and fulfilling Ganymedes wish of sending rain down to the people of the earth who were in need.