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    Posted 9 years ago

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    G'day from Down Under,
    I found this beautiful leather bottle while op-shopping, it cost me a whole $15 and I could barely hide my joy at such a discovery. The shop assistant said that it had been gathering dust there for at least 8 months so obviously no-one in my town had a clue as to what it was!
    When I got home I googled it but couldn't find any details. So I put it on an antique lovers facebook page and this is the reply I had:

    Leather-covered Mythical leather-covered bottle:
    Quote from site: “This is a Vintage glass liquor covered in genuine leather. Most likely from the 1960's. It is four sided with a different depiction from Greek Mythology on each side. One side depicts Perseus cutting off the head of Medusa. One side shows the 'Three Graces'. One side shows a hooded man, not sure who this is. Lastly, we have one side with a naked God, most likely Zeus.” “Measures 11 inches tall."

    So, now I am trying to find out the origin and history of my little find! I have found a few leather covered bottles on ebay which come from either Italy or Spain but no mythological patterns to be found.
    Can anyone identify the hooded man/hermit from Greek mythology?
    Any assistance in locating any history or origin of this item would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 9 years ago
      I would peg it as being a souvenir from Florence, Italy.

      T A
    2. aghcollect aghcollect, 9 years ago
      I would agree entirely with TA - most likely of Italian origin. - That is not Zeus - he was an old guy with a beard and probably didn't look so good naked - I would more assume it to be Hermes or Adonis
    3. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 9 years ago
      It's David as depicted by Michelangelo and Cellini’s Perseus statue, both are in Florance...

      T A
    4. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 9 years ago
      Botticelli painted La Primavera, "The Three Graces", also in Florence. Not sure of the remaining side, kinda has that Medici look about him.

      T A
    5. fairygrandma1 fairygrandma1, 9 years ago
      Thank you all for your replies, I do appreciate the help. I will repost as suggested, unfortunately at the time that I posted this my computer internet was not working and I had to rely on my mobile. In saying that I am only able to take pictures with my mobile but hopefully they are a lot clearer as they were taken in daylight this time around. I apologise if this is not up to the normal standard of this forum and will try my best to do better in the future,

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