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Ex-voto - Young men

SFr. 82.00

"Sing, Goddess, of the rage of Peleus' son Achilles,    
the accursed rage that brought great suffering to the Achaeans."

This is how starts the Illiad. Thetis foretold that her son's fate was either to gain glory and die young, or to live a long but uneventful life in obscurity. Achilles chose the former, and decided to take part in the Trojan war.
When he was a new born, her mother, scared by the prediction, dipped him in the Styx to make him immortal, holding him by the heel, therefore this part of his body wasn't immerged. How unlucky it is to have it pierced by an arrow... That's fate Achilles, you can't fight destiny.

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Metal, silver coated

Origin: Italy, 19th century


Pauline tells you a story:
An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity. It is given in fulfillment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, "from the vow made") or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshiper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks. The destinations of pilgrimages often include shrines decorated with ex-votos.  Ex-votos can take a wide variety of forms. They are not only intended for the helping figure, but also as a testimony to later visitors of the received help. As such they may include texts explaining a miracle attributed to the helper, or symbols such as a painted or modeled reproduction of a miraculously healed body part, or a directly related item such as a crutch given by a person formerly lame. There are places where a very old tradition of depositing ex-votos existed, such as Abydos in ancient Egypt.