Based on the 'Mosaic of the Doves' (small image below) in the Capitoline Museum in Rome, this is an example of how our bronze supplier transposes an image from another medium into a three-dimensional 'original' creation. The mosaic, attributed to Sosos, dates to the 2nd century BC.
The four doves on this 'bird bath' are all different and detachable, so they can be placed to face in any direction. The centre of the bowl is decorated with a pair of dolphins and the three feet culminate in gentle serpents' heads. It would be fine for outdoors: the bronze would simply continue to patinate naturally.
The turtle-dove (the Greeks call them 'peristeri') was, in Greek mythology, the bird of love, sacred to the goddess Aphrodite. Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot and her seven daughters, the Pleiades, are known as the 'flock of doves'. The bird was also sacred to Demeter, the goddess of the fertility of the earth.
There is also reference to the dove with an olive branch, representing Eirene, the Greek goddess of peace and harmony.
This bowl is cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique.
|dimensions||Height to top of rim: 12.5cm Diameter: 28cm|