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I finished this about a month ago but didn't get a round to putting it up. Honestly, I couldn't find an appropriate category to put this in. It's mythology which is like fantasy, but its not quite "sword and sorcery." I could put it under portraits, but of a fictional character? Whatever.

This is Pandora. Why a vase-like container instead of a box? Because there was never a box. In a mistranslation of Hesiod's Works and Days, the word "pithos" (meaning a large type of jar) was replaced with "pyxis" (a small box-like container).

I tried to infuse some symbology of her as an archetype of the first woman and bringer of evil (her story is very simlar to Eve's in Genesis).

Oil on board. 16" x 20"
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Apr 18, 2008, 8:35:57 AM
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Greatt Pix!!

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Belo. I like the analogy of Eve and Pandora,  also very similar to Prometheus (Fire) and Lucifer (Light)
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Although it may be taken as a prerogative, curiosity is not exclusive to women. I like the analogy of  Eve and Pandora, similar to my own thoughts about Prometheus and Lucifer, both punished for a gift to humankind by somewhat tyrannical gods. Although Yahweh/Jehovah alone claims exclusivity among divinity. 
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UngaKhan|Student Traditional Artist
This is so lovely. The quality of color is so skillfully used. I can feel the anticipation in this painting.
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It's nice to know that there's still a lot of us that know it was a jar and not a box :)
Wonderful art work
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Fated-to-Love-You|Student Digital Artist
gorgeous! and thanks for getting the story right and not romanticizing it :)
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zusse|Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful!! I love the colors you've used and the movement in the painting!!
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great Pix!!
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ImAGirlNamedMichael|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great piece- I love the hands!
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SciFiArtMan|Professional Digital Artist
Amazingly beautiful artistry! Fantastic movement. Love the looming snake as well. So inspiring!
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MalDudemaker|Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :wave:
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Leilanee|Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite myth!
I like how you used a jar instead of the more famous box.
Also, relating her to eve... very interesting. That's one aspect of the myth I never considered.
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i truly love this im only learning to do fabric painting and this is awsome i love the mythology A I m besotted about faeries!!! Well done!
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The detail in the hands is fantastic and the colors are vibrant. Wonderful!
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i like it, it reminds me of alfons mucha posters.
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fluffy-puffy-fifi|Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! beautiful :D
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DaswookofHeromorph|Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely enchanting. I love the lighting, colors, background...hell! I love everything about this picture!
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Birdee-Blake|Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Those hands! So photo-realistic and beautiful :heart:!
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You did a great job, I swear I thought to myself "Pandora's Urn" before I even read the name.
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Geh, the twisting of the tree bark in the bg makes me think I saw scary faces. o-o
Also, lol spied a snake~
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