A highly visual and attractive plate with raised pattern of swirling sea nymphs exhibiting excellent deep sky blue opalescence and complimented with fine hand finished detail, signed R. Lalique
Catalogue Number: 3003
Signature identification: “R. Lalique France” wheel cut underneath top of centre of base
Date introduced: August, 1921
Dimensions: 27.5 cm Diam
Felix Marchilac Catalogue Raisonné Page 699
Definition of Sea Nymphs
Who were the Sea Nymphs of Ancient Greek mythology? The meaning and definition of Sea Nymphs are as follows: Definition of Sea Nymphs: The ancient Greek Sea Nymphs were minor goddesses, water nymphs, who were the daughters of Oceanus or Nereus. The names of the sea nymphs were the Naiades, the Nereids, the Oceanides and the most famous of all were the sea nymphs known as the Sirens and the Mermaids.
Sea Nymphs – Sirens
The Sirens were five sea nymphs (part woman and part bird) and the daughters of the river god Achelous and Malpomene, the muse of tragedy. The Sirens were believed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs lived. In ancient Greek mythology in Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus is warned by Circe that he will pass the island inhabited by the Sirens. Circe tells him to plug his men’s ears with wax so they can not hear the sirens songs and to have them tie him tightly to the mast so he may listen if he wants to experience their seductive songs. Odysseus orders his crew to plug their ears so they would not hear the Siren’s fatal song (Refer to the Myth of Odysseus and the Sirens). The voices of the Sirens were “golden-sweet above the sound of wind and wave, like drops of amber floating on the tide.” According to Greek mythology the Sirens were companions of young Persephone and were given wings by the goddess Demeter to search for Persephone when she was abducted.
Sea Nymphs – Nereids
The Nereids were the nymphs of the sea who had in their care the rich bounty of the sea. The Nereids were the 50 daughters of Nereus, the god of the Mediterranean Sea and his wife Doris. Nereus was a son of the ancient, primordial deity called Pontus. His wife Doris was an Oceanide, a sea nymph in Greek mythology, the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. The Nereids were the patrons of sailors and fishermen, who came to the aid of men in distress. A sea nymph called Thetis was the unofficial leader of the Nereids and the mother of Achilles. One of the Nereids, Amphitrite, was the wife of Poseidon and the Nereids were attendants and members of the retinue of Poseidon. The Nereides were often depicted in ancient art running with small dolphins or fish in their hands or else riding on the back of dolphins or the Hippocamps (the horses of the sea).
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