Saturday, September 30, 2017

Out Of This World: 5th Century B.C. Attic White-Ground Lekythos


The Ancient Greeks used to think 
The soul was a moth, a small 
Bird, or butterfly that escaped 
From the body once 
A mortal had left his mortal 
Existence behind; as such it was 
A favorite motif of many 
An Attic white-ground painter— 
Take this piece for example, 
Where we see the little winged one 
In question has just made his exit 
And is now perched upon the head 
Of the upright dearly departed 
Prior to taking off again, 
Presumably to somewhere 
Where no doubt it won’t be 
So easy for the artist 
To recapture him.

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