home and hospitality

A selection of gift ideas relating to hospitality and welcome.

XENIA, the sacred relationship between host and guest, was at the core of ancient Greek society.

In the Iliad and Odyssey, if you visited friends you would take a gift with you. You would be welcomed, fed, and entertained, then given a 'guest gift' when you left.  If you were a stranger or wanderer, you would only be asked your identity after being given welcome and nourishment.

Examples of 'guest gifts' in ancient Greece were bronze tripods. Some storerooms in Homeric palaces were heaving with them!

Zeus, in addition to being king of the gods, was also responsible for hospitality and the sacred bond between host and guest. He was also the protector of the family unit.



baby bronze tripod

baby bronze tripod

This baby tripod is one of our best-sellers as a tealight fits perfectly into the bowl. And its feet..

code: BT-04

£50.00 Ex Tax: £41.67

bronze tripod with owls (small)

bronze tripod with owls (small)

Tripods (from the Greek 'tripous', meaning 'three footed') were given in Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odysse..

code: BT-05

£110.00 Ex Tax: £91.67

bronze tripod with two handles (small)

bronze tripod with two handles (small)

Tripods (from the Greek 'tripous', meaning 'three footed') were given in Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odysse..

code: BT-10

£110.00 Ex Tax: £91.67

bronze Zeus, god of hospitality

bronze Zeus, god of hospitality

Poised to cast his thunderbolt. Zeus, king of the gods, was also the god of the sky, the weather, oa..

code: BS-35

£150.00 Ex Tax: £125.00

bronze Zeus, king of the gods

bronze Zeus, king of the gods

Zeus, king of the gods, was also the god of the sky, the weather, oaths and promises, guests and hos..

code: BS-70

£200.00 Ex Tax: £166.67

bronze Zeus, protector of the family unit

bronze Zeus, protector of the family unit

Poised to cast his thunderbolt, Zeus, king of the gods, was the god of the sky, the weathe..

code: BS-25

£60.00 Ex Tax: £50.00

Zeus Xenios coin ring

Zeus Xenios coin ring

Zeus, king of the gods, is shown wreathed and bearded.In addition to being the king of the gods, Zeu..

code: JV-201

£60.00 Ex Tax: £50.00

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