Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Queen of Love and Beauty- Part 2

Large German Meissen Figure group of the Goddess Hera and her attendance. 
  Sunday I did a Pre -Valentines Day post about women in Mythology that represent  Love and Beauty. The first post was all about Queen Aplrodite.She has been called the Greek Goddess of Love, Beauty , Pleasure and Procreation. I have a statue of her in my entrance hall. I placed her in my entrance hall, on a pier table, that is against  a wall of Lee Jofa Toile wallpaper, that has her images printed on it. The Toile pattern is called, Allegorie A L Amour and it is in a nice red and gray color. The ceiling in the entrance hall is also painted red, making this room the perfect setting for Aplrodite and a Valentines post.

Hera talking  to a cherub

A Angel looks on.

   Today I am doing the second part of that blog and it is all about Hera. She was the Greek Goddess called the Queen of Heaven.She was very powerful in her own right and even more so when she married Zeus, the mighty King of the Olympian Gods. The Goddess Hera, ruled over the Heavens and Earth. She was responsable for every aspect of existence, including the seasons and the weather.
  Honoring her great capacity to nurture the world, her very name, translates as the, "Great Lady." Our word galaxy comes from the Greek word, gala, meaning, "mothers milk."  The story is that the Milky Way was formed from milk of Hera's breast, and when drops fell to earth, lilies sprang up.She was also worshiped as the Roman Goddess, Juno, the month, June, was named after her. It is no wonder that June is the most favorite month for weddings.
   It is because Hera's great beauty, especially her large eyes, that she is linked to sacred animals. The cow and the peacock. The cow symbolizes the Goddess Hera's watchfulness over her subjects. The peacock symbolizes her luxury, beauty and immortality.
 The Goddess Hera blessed and protected a woman's marriage, bring her fertility , protecting her children and helping them find financial security. Hera was in short, a complete woman, over seeing both private and public affairs.
   When Hera married Zeus , they had a honeymoon that lasted 300 years. After the honeymoon, Zeus went back to his old ways  of raping and taking any woman he desired. This caused Hera to go to Earth and wonder around among the mortals, like a lost soul.Zeus finally woed her back and a second wedding took place.
   The goddess Hera represents the fullness of life and affirms that we can use our own wisdom in pursuit of any goal we choose.
   Just like Queen Aplrodite, I also have a statue of Hera. She is also in my entrance hall with a back drop of the Allegoric Toile wallpaper. The paper also has images of Hera. The staue is made in Germany by the Meissen Factories. This is a very large and impressive piece. Meissen can be quite expensive. I placed it by the front door on purpose. I have told all my family, if the house is on fire, get that Meissen Statue first, Sissy Dog Next and then worry about me. I figure I could grab it on the way out. Heaven forbid we ever have to find out. This is one of a few pieces ,that  I have a special insurance policy on.The figure group  has Hera,  angels and  cherubs. There are also maidens tending her. It is very beautiful. It is an oval shape, just like the shapes in the wallpaper. On the wallpaper there is Hera, maidens, angels and cherubs. it almost looks as though the paper was designed for this statue.

My entrance hall with the Allegoric Toile paper and red ceiling. A perfect setting for Queen Hera and Valentines Day.

   I hope you can and will come by someday soon for a tour and see Aplordite and Hare in person. Of course I will leave the lights on and Sissy Dog will always meet you with a jump and a kiss. In the meantime,  if you read this and like it, please take a minute and leave a comment. I love getting them and I always give on in return. I hope you are getting ready for Valentines day. I am, I have Sissy's treats all ready. Keep on Blogging. Richard

The Meissen figure group sets on a pier table in my entrance hall, by the front door.


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

That's a beautiful grouping Richard. I've always loved the workmanship of Meissen. I'm a fan of Mythology too.

Olive said...

You and Sissy get out first. Then file the insurance lovey. People and Sissy before things, even beautiful things such as this and it is beautiful. xoxo, olive

PAINTORDIG.blogspot.com said...

Another beautiful piece.Let's hope you never have a fire!I told my insurance guy that if my house ever catches fire I am going to walk with all three dogs to the fire department to tell them-they have me insured for way more than the house is worth!

Sissysmom said...

I love Meissen and someday I'll have some. It may be cracked and chipped and reglued here and there but it will be mine!! Your Meissen piece is wonderful!

I agree wih Olive, you and Sissy Dog before objects even Meissen!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh my dear friend you have the best eye candy in the whole world...Love it..Give Sissy some fur love from me..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Marcia said...

Wonderful collection and great commentary, Richard. Thank you for educating us! Happy Valentine's Day to you and Sissy!

Stacy Leigh said...

Happy Valentine's Day!! Such an intriguing post :) Love you Sissy!!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Richard,
Wow! what a wonderful post 1 and 2 of "Queen of love and Beauty"
I love your home so much...the ceiling painted in red is amazing! so unexpected and the wall paper is beautiful and so rich in color and presence.
I enjoyed my visit so much..
Wishing you and Sissy a sweet day!
Give Sissy a rub behind the ears for me..Elizabeth

Curtains in My Tree said...

I have never seen so much beauty in one place

Laura said...

Richard, I really enjoy reading your posts. You are very knowledgable about history and art. Thanks, I love your home, and Sissy is a sweetheart.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous as always Richard and all the great attention to detail!

Constance said...

Your home and decor just took my breath away. I will be back, I so enjoyed my visit.

Dreamgoddess said...

Richard, she is stunning! It would be a hard decision to say which I liked more - Aphrodite or Hera. Possibly Hera as I love the colors on the statue.

Shelia said...

Hi Richard! Oh, another beautiful piece! Look at all of the detail - the faces and the dainty little fingers! And again, thank you for the story! You're very wise!
Thanks for popping in to see my little felt dogs.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Richard, What a gorgeous Meissen piece! Happy Valentines Day.
Hugs, Sherry

lvroftiques said...

Richard do your beautiful pieces never end?! *winks* Another GORGEOUS grouping! Meissen and sevres are my favorites! And you have so many of both.
I know you're kidding about grabbing that statue first...You aren't kidding me..That Sissy girl would be the absolute first thing on your mind *winks*...But then grab the MEISSEN!! Lol!!...Sheesh that would be a terrible quandry wouldn't it? What to save in my house would be sooo much simpler than yours *winks* I also really enjoyed the lesson on Hera! (((HUGS))) to you and Sissy girl! Vanna

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your porcelain collection is amazing, Richard. Thanks so much for the rich history and sharing with us at WIW. I can't wait to see what you share with us next!
Hugs to you and Sissy,

xinex said...

I love your Meissen piece, Richard. Thanks for telling us anout the myth....Christine

Hrabia said...

A beautiful house.
j three hours watching your blog
Beautiful rooms and you have many statues
wonderful home!!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How pretty, Richard! Love your Meissen! Have a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Unknown said...

You are beautiful yourself in so many ways. All of your wonderful collections of beauty cannot compare to you my friend. Loved the blogs about Valentines Days. How do you ever think of all your blogs? Can't wait until the next one.