Company sign of the inn 'To the four sisters'.
This beautifully crafted relief replica of three naked graces, based on an original from the last quarter of the 1st century AD, is made of genuine alabaster plaster. Originally it served as an eye-catching company sign of the inn 'Zu den vier Schwestern'. But even today it is an extraordinary, artistic eye-catcher, very lovingly designed - and brings luck over the world!
The Graces relief shows three unclothed women, depicted in the classic pose of the three Graces. The caption 'Ad Sorores IIII' - 'To the four sisters' only, indicates the secular function of the beautifully crafted relief.
Two of the Graces represent beauty and gratitude. They spend their time with Venus, the goddess of love. They help her dress and read her wishes from her lips. They dance with the Muses, her half-sisters, and entertain the gods of Olympus by accompanying Apollo's lyre. Each spring, the Graces return to earth and, together with their friends the Nymphs, observe the awakening of nature.
Called to the festivities, Thalia (Prosperity) revives the flowers and leaves, Aglaia (Splendor) provides the radiant light, and Euphrosyne (Joy) brings happiness to the world.
- Three Graces relief size 42 x 33 cm
- with back suspension
- last quarter of the 1st century A.D.
- genuine alabaster plaster
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