Empire Iron Box, 19th Century. Top Decorated With The God of Ares and the owl of Athena
An empire iron box. The lid decorated with the Greek warrior god of Ares and an owl representing Athena. Possibly German or Swedish.
Ares is the Greek god of war. He is one of the Twelve Olympians, the son of Zeus and Hera. In Greek literature, he often represents the physical or violent and untamed aspect of war, in contrast to his sister, the armored Athena, whose functions as a goddess of intelligence include military strategy and generalship.
In Greek mythology, a little owl traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology. Because of such association, the bird — often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity, and erudition throughout the Western world.
Dimensions: Width 6.0 cm (2.4 inches) x Height 2.0 cm (0.8 inches)
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