It's All Greek on Walkabout

Inspired by an image on a silver coin (the original stater is shown below) dating to 490 BC from the Aegean island of Peparethos, this alabastron depicts Boreas, the North Wind is shown holding two wreaths. These are thought to represent his twin sons Calais and Zetes who, according to legend, assisted Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece. Also known as the 'Earth Destroyer', Boreas is classically renowned as the bringer of winter and is typically depicted with wings and winged feet.

Corinthian pottery of the 7th and early 6th centuries BC is noted for its rich ochre colouring and its depiction of mythical or actual animals and birds. The alabastron was a perfume holder, usually attached to the wrist by its neck with a piece of leather.

The original alabastron is dated to 615-600 BC and is currently on display in the Louvre in Paris.

Silver stater from Peparethos depicting Boreas the north wind

dimensions etc Height: 9cm
country of origin Made in Greece.

Corinthian alabastron - Boreas, the North wind

  • Code: VO-207
  • Status: In Stock
  • £30.00

  • excl tax: £25.00

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