The three goddesses, Athene, Hera and Aphrodite, present themselves to Paris in the contest for the golden apple. The shepherd prince sits on a rock surrounded by his hounds and sheep. Beside him stands the god Hermes, and above him, on a rock, a tiny winged Nike (Victory). The three goddesses stand together in a group, each bearing a sceptre or spear. Athene wears a helm, and Hera a crown. Aphrodite (centre) is accompanied by her winged son Eros, who stands on a plinth above her head.
Pomander shaped as an apple, of silver, silver gilt, and niello. The sections of the body of the pomander are held in place by a pin with a screw section at the top, the whole attached to an octagonal gadrooned head to which is hinged a quatrefoil handle. Inscriptions run around the edge of each section relating to the Judgement of Paris, the interior and exterior decoration of scrolling foliage and geometric patterns. Place of Origin: Italy (made) Date: ca. 1350 (made)
It's Grape Finale Wine Sense Wednesday! Before the 1976 PARIS TASTING French wines ruled. The May 24, 1976 JUDGEMENT OF PARIS, changed that. After a blind tasting of French & California wines (10 white & 10 red) at the Paris Intercontinental Hotel, nine top French wine judges chose a California red and white wine as the best. From that moment on Californian wineries have proven they can produce wine as good as - & even better - than the French classics. #GrapeFinale #winemaking