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Heavily influenced by Greek artistic tastes, the cultural origin of this fantastic vessel is still being investigated. the imagery of this siren, a mythical part-woman part-bird creature, bears many characteristics of later Greek siren designs, but with a few variations, such as the feet. sirens, or similar creatures, appear in the art of several cultures throughout central asia. vessels of pottery, statues and bas relief panels have all been fashioned in the likeness of this being, whose significance changed, along with her appearance, from one culture to the next. in addition to the appearance of the siren, the pomegranate, snake, cap and hair style, and the use of a nude male figure for the vessel handle, may eventually help identify the culture which crafted this remarkable vessel. the vessel mouth has been fashioned in the style of a cap, often seen on Greek vessels. the pomegranate would also appear to be a reference to the Greek mythological origin of the sirens. sirens were originally nymphs who were the companions of Persephone, daughter of the goddess demeter. Persephone was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld. Hades was eventually forced to release her, but not before she had consumed several pomegranate seeds, thus condemning herself to return to the underworld for several months each year. demeter punished the nymphs for failing to guard Persephone, and changed them into sirens. article courtesy of tk asian antiquities. for more information please call (757) 253-0769, email or visit

Siren Vessel


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