[At Tanagra in Boiotia] ... the Triton would waylay and lift all the cattle that were driven to the sea. He used even to attack small vessels, until the people of Tanagra set out for him a bowl of wine. They say that, attracted by the smell, he came at once, drank the wine, flung himself on the shore and slept, and that a man of Tanagra struck him on the neck with and axe and chopped off his head. For this reason the image has no head. And because they caught him drunk, it is supposed that it was Dionysos who killed him.
SELENE was the Titan goddess of the moon. … [She] is described as a very beautiful goddess, with long wings and a golden diadem (Hom. Hymn. 32. 1, 7), and Aeschylus (Sept. 390) calls her the eye of night. ... In later times Selene was identified with Artemis, and the worship of the two became amalgamated (Callim. Hymn. in Dian. 114, 141 ; Soph. Oed. Tyr. 207 ; Plut. Sympos. l.c.; Catull. 34. 16; Serv. ad Aen. iv. 511, vi. 118). In works of art, however, the two divinities are usually distinguished; the face of Selene being more full and round, her figure less tall, and always clothed in a long robe; her veil forms an arch above her head, and above it there is the crescent.
marco wrote:Seven of Coins
The boy could represent Ganymedes. I cannot make sense of the “perch” connected to the base of the large cup that contains the seven discs, but a naked boy with an eagle and a cup reminds me of the myth of the shepherd who was kidnapped by Zeus in the form of an eagle and made to be the “cupbearer of the gods”.
I have nothing to add at the moment, except to remind you about the Botticelli image of one of the temptations of Christ in the Sistine Chapel, which we talked about a few years ago at AT -
http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.ph ... botticelli
You made this comparative image -
There are some caveats though:
- the relevance of the name "Ipeo" remains unexplained
- the context: in Botticelli's fresco, he is clearly the Devil posing as a monk
- no evil-bird feet in the Sola Busca image
- there is no talking stick in Botticelli's image; instead, compositionally, Christ takes his place!
Nevertheless, that talking stick and especially those evil looking bat wings make the Sola Busca Ipeo seem somewhat diabolical.
The Minchiate Devil card has that feature, the snakes coming from his thighs, as well as wings (see e.g. http://a-tarot.eu/p/jan-11/viev/ronc-devil.jpg, posted by Bertrand recently). In the SB's Ipeo, the wings are his only devilish attribute, but perhaps that's all we need. In most respects, likewise, the SB figure does not resemble Typhon either.Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses 28 (trans. Celoria) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Typhon was the son of Ge (Earth), a deity monstrous because of his strength, and of outlandish appearance. There grew out of him numerous heads and hands and wings, while from his thighs came huge coils of snakes. He emitted all kinds of roars and nothing could resist his might."
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