Tripods (from the Greek 'tripous', meaning 'three footed') were given in Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' as prizes for winning in games or as gifts exchanged between hosts and guests.
In the Classical period, vases show that they continued to be awarded as prizes for athletic competitions. In Apollo's oracular sanctuary in Delphi, the priestess (called the Pythia) would sit in a tripod and inhale laurel fumes before delivering her prophetic utterances.
Our collection of bronze tripods in various sizes would be suitable for holding plants or candles or for burning incense. Alternatively, they are free-standing pieces in their own right.
This glorious large tripod is beautifully decorated with serpents on the underside of the bowl and on the legs.
|dimensions||Height to top of the handles: 85cm Diameter of bowl: 30cm|
|material||Bronze. Cast using the lost wax method of antiquity. As they are not mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique.|
|country of origin||Made in Greece.|