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[Mythological beings.]

Image ID: 1624642

[Mythological beings.] (1844-1861)

Image Details

Image Title

:  [Mythological beings.]


: Fourquemin, fl. 1835-1853 -- Lithographer
Housselin, Alexis Louis Pierre -- Engraver

Published Date

: 1844-1861


: Lithographs

Specific Material Type

: prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 print : b&w ; 34.5 x 50 cm.


: A "scaphoid" is a boat-like drinking vessel. A "paropsis" is a low-sided platter used for serving food. The creatures described as dragons in the caption look like big snakes with crests on their heads. Note the different possible identities assigned to some of the figures in the painting, the result of trying to identify them based on the attributes (clothing, hair, objects carried or held, etc.) illustrated by the artist. Note 2.) Heavy foxing along left and right sides, bottom and center fold of picture. Written below image: "Jupiter sits on Olympus [,] an eagle mounted on his sceptre, and looks at Ceres and Aphrodite, or Proserpine and one of the seasons, holding ivy. Mercury ... holds his caduceus. Two flowers in the form of stars are above. Triptolemus in his winged chariot drawn by two dragons holds his sceptre and wheat. Ceres presents wheat to her protege. ....
[See More...] Note 3.) Triptolemus was a "culture hero" (the mythical inventor of a useful art or skill) who taught early people about the basics of agriculture and civilization. In this picture, major deities are present with him, showing his importance. Snakes, since they lived in the ground, were symbols of knowledge of the secrets of the Earth.

Original Source

: From Elite des monuments céramographiques : matériaux pour l'histoire des religions et des moeurs de l'antiquité. (Paris : Leleux, 1844-1861) Lenormant, Charles (1802-1859), Author.


: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World / Mythology (General)

Source Description

: 1 folder (7 pictures) ; 1 oversize folder (9 pictures) ; 2 postcards


: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection

Catalog Call Number


Digital ID

: 1624642

Record ID

: 1763208

Digital Item Published

: 7-9-2008; updated 3-25-2011

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