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.
Your tripod will be accompanied by a bay and rosemary scented pillar candle as shown below.
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 even for burning incense.
Alternatively, they are free-standing pieces in their own right. This one has handles decorated with a horse, symbol of wealth and status. Frequently, figures of horses, griffins and ibex were used for this purpose - known as the 'protome' of the tripod.
|dimensions etc||Height to top of the handles: 27cm, Diameter of bowl: 16cm|
|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.|
bronze tripod with horses (medium)
- Code: BT-06
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £166.67