Don’t Let Death Bug You, God Will Do That

At least if you lived in ancient Rome.

Our raku pottery vase ‘Aurora’ tells the tale of a goddess with a powerful brother, a healthy appreciation for young mortal men, and an insect that is immune from even our modern pest control techniques.

Aurora was the goddess of the dawn and announced the coming of the sun each day. Her brother, Sol, who represented the Sun literally cast a shadow over her each morning.

Raku Pottery Vase – Aurora

Having a job with no days off must have made Aurora adopt a ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy. Her empowered sense of her own sexuality made her a frequent topic of poets and writers – the tabloids of her time. Yes, even the double standard by which men and women’s sexual experiences are judged applied to the gods at this time.

One of her more famous lovers, Tithonus, was a prince of Troy. Aurora took a real shine to Tithonus and was beside herself that one day he would succumb to age and die.

Not wanting to lose her love and eager for the opportunity to spend an eternity with her mortal lover, Aurora decided to speak with Jupiter. She asked Jupiter to make Tithonus immortal, and he complied.

Aurora’s happiness at the opportunity to spend an eternity with her lover was short lived. Unfortunately for her, she forget to ask Jupiter to give Tithonus eternal youth to accompany his eternal life.

Another one of God’s Gigolos

As time passed Tithonus continued to age and Aurora grew weary of being married to a once vital lover who could no longer lift his arms. I suppose she could have hired a nurse to care for him, but she had another solution in mind. She turned him into an immortal cicada.

I guess he was starting to bug her.

What do you think of our raku pottery vase ‘Aurora’ and the associated story? Please let us know in the comments below.

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    1. haha! Thank you for this comment! It made me laugh! I hope your weekend is off to a fantastic start.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I find it really enhances the pieces and brings them to life! It is something that just evolved and now it has turned into a book! I hope you are well and have a wonderful weekend!

  1. This is a really interesting myth I hadn’t heard before. Thank you for sharing, and stunning work on the vase as always!

    1. Thank you so much for reading the story and for your comment! I hope your week has been great so far!

    1. haha! Yeah the cicada part of the myth was so random that it seemed to cry out for me to make a vase 😉 I hope you are well Tiffany, and congrats again on selling that beautiful painting at your recent group exhibit!

  2. Transition. Losing the ability to move about with the body. The spirit lives on. That’s how I look at what we have been taught about what is called ‘death’ .

    1. It is a beautiful way to look at death – as a transition. Our bodies are just temporary homes for the spirit, a tool to help promote learning and understanding!

    1. I always find the origins of names to be fascinating! And Aurora is such a beautiful name! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

  3. Hey, it’s a beautiful vase and a funny myth that got more depth to it than initially meets the eye 😉 Because when you truly love someone age and looks don’t matter.

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment and for reading the story/myth! I agree with you in that true love is not based on looks or age! I hope you have been having a wonderful week so far!

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind comment! I hope you are having a fantastic week so far!

  4. …great post, richly flavored vase, smile-provoking allusion to DL Roth Gigolo (…in line, the contrast with Marlene Dietrich’s, that unforgiving fatality in her voice.) Thanks.

    1. Thank you for your comment and kind words Tonno! I am glad my DL Roth allusion made you smile too. I love how you describe Dietrich’s voice! Beautiful.

      I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

    1. Your PUNiness gave me a smile to go with my morning coffee! haha! Thank you for that 😉 I hope your day started with a smile too!

  5. Beautiful story and I love the song of the cicadas here in NC. The vase is incredible with so much texture and I love the little things that give your work such character. Love ❤️ Joni

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