Boreas, the North Wind, on this elegant Corinthian alabastron.
Corinthian alabastron - Boreas, the North Wind
- Height: 20cm
The city of Corinth was one of the major players in the Ancient Greek world, alongside Athens and Sparta. Its location on the Isthmus between the Peloponnese and Attica, led to the city's extensive and prosperous trade network.
The city was pre-eminent in producing and exporting fine pottery during the seventh and sixth centuries BC. Corinthian pottery is noted for its warm ochre colouring and richly decorated compositions, which often depict mythical and actual beasts and birds.
They are all made in Greece in the workshop of the Lioulias family, with whom It's All Greek is proud to have been working since 2004.
The vases themselves are manufactured in Greece, the images are then applied by transfer, before being painted by hand.
Inspired by an image on a silver coin dating to 490 BC from the Aegean island of Peparethos, Boreas, the North Wind, is shown holding two wreaths. These are thought to represent his twin sons Calais and Zetes who, according to legend, assisted Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece. Also known as the Earth Destroyer, Boreas is known as the bringer of winter and is typically depicted with wings and winged feet.