According to Pliny the Elder, writing during the reign of Nero in the 1st cent. A.D., tourist visiting the island of Rhodos could admire an exquisite electrum calyx (wine-cup) in the local temple of Athena. This celebrated silver and gold cup said to have been a gift fromHelen herself. The vessel’s real claim to fame, however, was not its precious metal or its antiquity, but the popular belief that the goblet had been fashioned to perfectly represent Helen’s fabled breast. (Pliny 23.81).
Le Sein d’Hélène, 2018
clay, powdered metal and plywood