Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dumbarton Oaks Museum Part 5: Who is Haphaestus?

In August we visited the "Dumbarton Oaks Museum."  This is one in a series of blogs to highlight some artifacts we found interesting at the museum. In this blog we'll introduce you to Haphaestus and show you an ancient statue of him.

DISCLAIMER - Okay, we love Greek and Roman Gods. What gay man wouldn't? They're all handsome, well-muscled and wearing very little (if anything - as in the case of Haphaestus here). 

WHO WAS HEPHAESTUS? (also spelled: HEPHAISTOS) was the Olympian god of fire, smiths, craftsmen, metalworking, stonemasonry and sculpture. He was depicted as a bearded man holding a hammer and tongs--the tools of a smith--and sometimes riding a donkey. 

ABOUT THE STATUE - The arms of the statue are raised, and it's apparent he was holding something - which was a hammer, according to the placard

HOW OLD IS IT? The statue was created in bronze in 460 B.C. in Greece.  

STORY OF HEPHAESTUS - As it turns out, there are about 5 slightly different versions of the story of this Greek God. Here's the one that I found was easiest to understand: 
"Zeus threw him [Hephaistos] from the sky for helping Hera when she was in chains. Zeus had hung her from Olympos as punishment for setting a storm on Herakles as he was sailing back from his conquest of Troy. Hephaistos landed on Lemnos, crippled in both legs, but saved by Thetis.
   There are actually many other stories involving Haphaestus the include Pandora, Zues, Athena and Prometheus. You can find them all here:


Side A: Thetis receives a set of armour for her son Achilles from the divine smith Hephaestus. The god stands polishing the new shield which is decorated with a small Gorgoneion (Gorgon's head). A pair of greaves, helm and the smith's tools hang from the wall. This painting illustrates a scene from Homer's Iliad.  Credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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I'm a simple guy who enjoys the simple things in life, especially our dogs. I volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy exercising, blogging, politics, helping friends and neighbors, participating in ghost investigations, coffee, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country music,writing books on ghosts and spirits, cooking simply and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.