Arachne, Greek Goddess spider, Wooden statue
Arachne, Greek Goddess spider, Wooden statue
What's more Greek than a spider statue? Arachne, the Greek goddess spider, is a beautiful and intricately carved wooden statue that is sure to please any mythology lover. This handcrafted piece is made from ecological materials, so you can feel good about your purchase, and it comes with a varnish coating to protect it from the elements.
Material: ecological ash tree
Height 8.1 inch/20.5 cm
Width 5.5 inch/14 cm
Depth: 1.6 inch/4.3 cm
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We tried to do it for you with great pleasure and put effort into this wooden sculpture, a wooden statue from the ash tree for your complete delight.
Spinning and weaving were the main social activities reserved for women in both ancient Greece and Rome. In a world where the vast majority of women were excluded from public life, weaving was a creative activity that allowed them to gather and socialize.
The first literary mention of the myth of Arachne is found in the epic "Metamorphoses" of the Roman poet Ovid. The name Arachne in Greek translates as "spider". The taxonomic name Arachnida describes all spiders, scorpions, and other eight-legged insects.
The Arachne family was not royal. Ovid notes that she was of humble origin. Her father was Idmon of Colophon, a purple dyer. Her mother came from a simple family, in which there was nothing special. Despite such a humble beginning, Arachne managed to become famous throughout Lydia for her weaving skills. She was so good that the local nymphs often left their homes to see the work of the young weaver.
The canvases of Arachne were so good that everyone began to call her a student of the great Pallas Athena. But Arachne knew that in the whole world she had no equal in skill, and was not at all going to share her glory with the great goddess.
Arachne listened to numerous praises, and she was simply bursting with pride. The girl began to show off her talents, declaring that no mortal and no deity could surpass her in weaving. She thought that her skill was only her merit, and not a gift from the gods, as was commonly believed at that time.
Rumors about the arrogant weaver reached the goddess of wisdom and crafts, Athena. She decided to reason with the girl: she turned into an old woman and began to scold Arachne. The celestial woman declared that the girl had no right to proclaim herself in something better than the gods. But Arachne just laughed at that remark. Then the goddess assumed her usual form and offered the shocked girl competition for the best tapestry. Arachne was embarrassed but accepted the challenge.
Athena created a stunning tapestry that showed the power of the gods and their superiority over mere mortals. It depicted the lord of the sea Poseidon, the Thunderer-Zeus with lightning in his hands, and the wonderful god of the sun Apollo.
Arachne decided to humiliate the gods: her canvas showed all the sins of the celestials. On the tapestry, the gods quarreled among themselves, drank, corrupted girls, and interfered in the lives of mere mortals.
Even though Arachne's canvas abounded in unpleasant scenes, the sight of the tapestry was breathtaking: it seemed that the figures were alive and would now descend from the fabric to the audience.
Athena was furious when she saw that her rival had surpassed her by creating a canvas discrediting the honor of the gods. The goddess tore the tapestry and hit the girl with a shuttle right in front of the people watching the competition. Arachne could not bear the shame and hanged herself on a rope twisted with her own hands.
However, Athena took the girl out of the noose and turned her into a disgusting spider, overgrown with black hair.
The celestial said that Arachne would live, but she and her offspring were destined to hang on threads and weave forever - this is how the first spiders appeared. This was a cruel punishment for pride.
Since then, the Arachne spider has been hanging in her web and weaving it forever.
We tried to do it for you with great pleasure and put effort into this wooden sculpture from the ash tree for your complete delight.
The design of our wooden products is a one-of-a-kind artwork created by my team and me.
I NEVER see statues of Arachne! I was so excited to find this, and extra excited that it is so spider-y! Beautiful details, perfect for someone learning to spin. I love this shop and have already bought several pieces from them! Highly recommend!!
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