08 Carvings, Olympian deities, Classical Sculpture of Greek and Roman religion, Sculpture, with footnotes, #2

Cephalus and Procris
Procris injured in the Hunt

Carved ebony Medallion in an octagonal frame of silvered bronze
Louis XIV period, second half of the seventeenth century
Height (overall) in 11; width (overall) 8 1/4 in

Cephalus is a name, used both for the hero-figure in Greek mythology, and carried as a theophoric name by historical persons. The word kephalos is Greek for “head”, perhaps used here because Cephalus was the founding “head” of a great family that includes Odysseus. It could be that Cephalus means the head of the Sun who kills (evaporates) Procris (dew) with his unerring ray or ‘javelin’. Cephalus was one of the lovers of the dawn goddess Eos…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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