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Hestia - Statuette of the Greek Goddess of Household - 26cm

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Seller: aeonamaltheas (69) 100%, Location: London, London, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 302141166086 She is the one of the Twelve Olympian Gods. Her emblems are the heath and its fire. Hestia's name means altar, household, house. Child of Chronus and Rhea, after her birth she was the first to experience the fate Cronus has dsecided. Her father was swallowing alive his children by the fear that he will be deposed. His wife Rhea when Zeus born, tricked Cronus and raised her son so he he could get retribution. Zeus, once grown, managed to free his siblings and overthrown his father. Since she was the first victim, she therfore was the last to be free. After the wars of the Titans, Hestia rejects the marriage suits of Poseidon and Apollo, and swears herself to perpetual virginity. She thus rejects Aphrodite's values and becomes, to some extent, her chaste, domestic complementary, or antithesis. Zeus assigns Hestia a duty to feed and maintain the fires of the Olympian hearth with the fatty, combustible portions of animal sacrifices to the gods. Hestia was known for her kindness. Therefore, Hestia's omission from some lists of the Twelve Olympians is sometimes taken as illustration of her passive, non-confrontational nature – by allegedly giving her Olympian seat to Dionysus she prevents heavenly conflict. Hestia's name and functions show the hearth's importance in the social, religious, and political life of ancient Greece. It was essential for warmth, food preparation, and the completion of sacrificial offerings to deities; in the latter, Hestia was the customary recipient of a preliminary, usually cheap, sacrifice. She was also offered the first and last libations of wine at feasts. Her own sacrificial animal was a domestic pig. The accidental or negligent extinction of a domestic hearth-fire represented a failure of domestic and religious care for the family; failure to maintain Hestia's public fire in her temple or shrine was a breach of duty to the broad community. Responsibility for Hestia's domestic cult usually fell to the leading woman of the household, sometimes to a man. By that tradition a heath will be kept lit at all times in a household, usually using olive oil. This tradition still survives to this day in Greece, under the guise of the Divine Mother Mary. Originating from a sculptor's studio with more than twenty year presence in the greek market this statuette of Hestia stands 10.23" height (26cm) Painted by hand in archaic colors, is the artist's perception of Demeter holding a heath in front of an altar. Aeon Amaltheas Ltd represents artists with continuous and distinguished presence in the Greek market. Information about the article: Made of alabaster, this classic statue stands on its own podium.This superior marble based material, allows for finer level of detailing. On the same time archaic tones are used for coloring. Stands 10.23" height (26cm)Please note this article is an artist's replica and NOT a genuine ancient artifact!!!!All deliveries will be recorded/ signed for deliveries. Free Package & Postage. Price includes VAT. FREE SHIPPING IN THE UK!!! International Buyers: We do confirm participation on eBay Global Shipping Programme that ensures minimum postage costs for non-UK buyers.If you require an alternative courier service, please contact us for a personalized postage quote. Condition: A brand new alabaster statuette of the Hellenic Goddess of Goddess of the Hearth, Home, Architecture, Domesticity, Family, and the State - Hestia., Type: Statue, Material: Alabaster, Colour: White, Culture: Greek, Height: 26cm, Roman equivalent: Vesta, Profile: Goddes, Title: Hestia Goddess of Domesticity, Family, and State, Group: Olympian Gods

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