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Pythagoras Ceramic Cup with Owl

Handmade greek ceramic pythagorean cup decorated with the owl, symbol of godness Athena

Handmade Greek ceramic pythagorean cup decorated with an owl, symbol of godness Athena . A lovely souvenir from Greece. 

According to tradition, Pythagoras, a greek philosopher and mathematician who lived in Samos in the 5th B.C., created the Greedy Cup, also known as Pythagorean cup, in order to teach the citizens of Samos the virtue of moderation, equality and justice. While using the cup, one has to make sure that the cup is not filled over the limit, which is inscribed on the inside of the cup, otherwise, its entire content will be spilled.  

In Greek mythology, the owl (Athene noctua) was associated with Athena, the greek goddess of wisdom, handicraft, warfare, patron and protectress of the city of Athens. In the Ancient Greek art the goddess is usually portrayed holding an owl on her hand or with her shield which is often decorated with an owl.
Hence, as a result of such an association the owl, also known as  the owl of Athena or the owl of Minerva, is worldwidely considered as a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, perspicacity and erudition. 

The cup is suitable for use (containg wine, water etc.). 


10 x 12.5 x 10 centimeters
3.94 x 4.92 x 3.94 inches






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