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When Prometheus stole fire from Olympus and gave it to man, Zeus in a fit of vindictiveness chained him to a mountain. To further revenge himself on Prometheus' brother Epimetheus, he ordered Hephaestus to create a woman and all the goddesses to adorn her, thereby creating the most beautiful woman ever.
He then forced Epimetheus to accept her as a wife. However, Zeus had made the woman, Pandora, foolish, mischievous and idle. One day she opened a box which Epimetheus had been warned must be kept closed, thereby releasing all the evils which plague mankind.
Only Hope remained behind in the box.
There would seem to be a clear parallel here with the story of Eve and the forbidden fruit and this is perhaps a misogynistic attitude common to patriarchal religions.
The marble base for Pandora is framed in bog oak from Ian's garden. Irish bog oak is between 3,000 and 7,000 years old, so this wood was growing when the story of Pandora was current religious belief.
Pandora is limewood
on a marble and bog oak base,
the butterfly is burr huon pine and 9ct gold
and the box is silver made by Paul Folca.
14 inches / 35 cm high
including the base
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