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The Psychopomp Hades (Tree trunk with eyes and vining roses)

height 22.5"  approx. cir. 36"  clay  glaze  underglaze  gold leaf


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The main myth of Hades concerns Persephone. This daughter of Zeus and Demeter was exceptionally beautiful, her mother kept her out of site for fear of abduction. Her parents did not expect such desire as Hades showed: the God simply emerged from beneath the earth and carried Persephone off in his chariot resulting in the rape and abduction of Persephone. This piece signifies the objectification of women for their beauty.

Symbolism: the mighty oak tree is a symbol of how Hade masked his intentions to her parents. An Oak specifically symbolizing fidelity fulfillment and conjugal loyalty. Socrates refer to the Oak as an oracle tree. The roses are symbolic of beauty and love. The eyes are leering at the innocent young roses and are closed to the mature blooms.