GHIKA Mythical Lovers: Cephalus and Procris 1976 [R/V] - x +
GhiH1976-006


CN: GhiH1976-006

MT: bronze (Ø:5x1) after plaster after plasticine (Ø:24x4)

ED: 237

TX: incised on bronze at rear side in Greek <PROKRIS / CEPHALUS>

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2006, p.44-45

CM: Ghika writes: "The ancient ram's head spout belongs to a fountain at the foot of Mount Hymettus, still visible today in the grounds of what is now Kaissariani Monastery. It was here that Erectheus' daughter Procris came one night, distraught with jealousy because of the rumors that her husband, the handsome hunter Cephalus, and the beautiful Aura were to be heard whispering sweet nothings to each other as they lay together on the mountainside. Procris got no further than the fountain, for Cephalus, alarmed by the rustling of the leaves which he thought was caused by a wild animal, hurled his unerring spear - given to him by Procris herself - and pierced his one true love through the heart." [Georgakopoulos 1984, p.9]. On the rear side of this medallion Ghika inscribed on either side of the perimeter the names "Prokris / Cephalus". In between the names runs the line of the peak of the mountain identified as "Hymettus". In the lower part he inscribed on either side of an arrow pointing vertically upwards "Fountain / Ram" and "Laelaps / Ios". Above the mountain rises the name "Avra" framed by clouds.

[Megakles 12/2004]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
GEORGAKOPOULOS, LEONIDAS N. N. Hadjikyriaco Ghika: Sculpture 1934-1984 1984 To Trito Mati, Athens [Greek[
ILIOPOULOU-ROGAN, DORA Ta Parallila (The Parallels) 1980 Polyplano Editions, Athens [Greek]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Reincarnated Painting: Sculpture by Ghika 2006 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens [English / Greek insert]

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