Inspired by Greek Bronzes and an ancient myth
According to Greek myth, the first artichoke was originally a beautiful young mortal woman named Cynara who lived on the Aegean island of Zinari. One day the philandering Zeus spotted a gorgeous girl, Cynara, bathing on the shores. Impressed by her strength that he instantly fell in love, seduced her and turned her into a goddess.
Cynara was lonesome on Mount Olympus and missed her family. Soon she was sneaking home to visit. When Zeus discovered her defiance, in a fit of jealous rage, he hurled her back to earth and transformed her into the plant we know as the artichoke.
Sculpted directly onto the wax
The exterior of our Greek artichoke Mortar and Pestle is sculpted directly onto the wax form. The wax is cast in bronze and the patina is applied to the hot bronze.