Difros Okladias Bronze Stool
With frame in Greek walnut and crossed animal legs in bronze. Leather thongs on seat and loose, shaped cushion in leather. Design taken from an amphora by the “Affecter” vase painter, 6th century B.C., in the British Museum, London.
The Greek diphros according to ancient Greek literature seems to have
served both as a humble stool and as a seat of gods and heroes as
represented often on Greek vases and reliefs. Elaborately decorated
diphroi were listed among the treasures of the Parthenon, and the famous
diphros of Xerxes, captured by the Greeks, and placed there, was
described as having feet, or possibly legs, of silver.
There were numerous types of diphroi of varying design, but,
predominantly, I have chosen the type with turned legs with preference,
due to its evolution to perfection of proportion and elegance up to
the fifth century BC.
Although surviving examples of wooden legs of such stools exhibit the form and construction methods, i.e. the leg of a wooden stool found by Flinders Petrie in Egypt and now in the Metropolitan Museum, and two legs and various sections of railings found at excavations at Olympia in the mid-20th Century by Dr. Kunze, these relics unfortunately show no remains of decoration to their surfaces, and for this reason, I have adopted certain motifs and methods of ornament that adorned vases and various other surviving artefacts, and adapted these for my purpose with a degree of artistic licence.
*The Diphroi can be commissioned with or without the ornamentation to their rails or produced in various woods and finishes.
- Product Code: difros no1
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