Olive Pitcher with Greek Inscription

Title

Olive Pitcher with Greek Inscription

Subject

Art
Botanical Illustration
Celia Thaxter

Description

White Earthenware pitcher with handle in oinochoe shape. Olive boughs hand painted by Celia Thaxter.

Greek Inscription translates to: for the sleepless eye of the Morian Zeus beholds it, and the greyeyed Athena

from Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles. "it"= the grey-leafed olive, nurturer of children.

In an 1882 letter to Annie Fields Celia Thaxter wrote:
Yesterday I was able to paint an olive pitcher for Mr. Ware, and he sent me such a beautiful inscription in Greek to put on it, and that made me think of you...Do you know what it means? That my olive trees are the special care of Zeus, "watched by the eye of olive-guarding Jove and by gray-eyed Athena." Isn't it charming? And won't Alice Howe like it on her bowl?...
p. 125, Letters of Celia Thaxter.

Creator

Celia Thaxter, 1835-1894

Date

1883

Format

29 cm x 14 cm x 12.5 cm

Language

English
Greek

Type

Painted Pottery

Identifier

O-20

Files

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Citation

Celia Thaxter, 1835-1894, “Olive Pitcher with Greek Inscription,” Vaughn Cottage, accessed July 23, 2017, http://vaughncottage.omeka.net/items/show/30.