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Pandora’s Box pot

The story being depicted here is of Pandora who was the first human woman featured in the Greek myth Pandora’s Box.

She was sculpted by goddess Athena and god Hephaestus (both featured on this pot) out of clay from the ground. Each god helped to create her by giving her a unique gift, Hermes, who wears the winged sandals, put deception into her heart and lies into her mouth. Zeus then sent her as a gift to Epimetheus (on the left) who was known for being foolish. Here we can see Pandora rising from the earth before the love-stricken Epimetheus in the presence of Zeus. Epimetheus fell in love with Pandora and they married.

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