Lions paper weight. This handmade brass paper weight (presse papier) depicts a design which is part of the decoration of the upper part of a the leg of a bronze tripod found in ancient Olympia in Greece. Tripods were the most magnificent and anong the most numerous votive objects found at the sanctuary from the Geometric period. The great altar of Zeus which stood at the south-east of the temple of Hera was in ancient Olympia. Tripods were crafted in a Corinthian workshop and dated from the end of the 8th century B.C.
Dimenstions:7 cm x 8 cm x 0,5 cm
Handmade solid brass
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In western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river lays the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers. Olympia became the most important religious and athletic center in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honor Zeus. Local myths concerning the famous Pelops, the first ruler of the region, and the river Alpheios, betray the close ties between the sanctuary and both the East and West.
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, is one of the most important museums in Greece, presents the long history of the most celebrated sanctuary of antiquity, the sanctuary of Zeus, father of both gods and men, where the Olympic Games were born.
Source: The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Olympia, Greece.