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lithograph on paper
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image: 15 5/8 in x 11 in; sheet: 22 in x 16 in
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Gift of the Artist
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© unknown, research required
In Greek myth, the smith god Hephaistos created Pandora, the very first woman, at Zeus’s request. Every god gave Pandora (whose name means “all-gifts”) a present; Zeus’s gift to her was a sealed box, which he forbade her to open. Overcome by curiosity, she peered inside and unwittingly unleashed all the sorrows of life: disease, grief, strife, and conflict. The only thing left remaining in the box was Elpis (hope).
In Jean Schonwalter’s twentieth-century version, Pandora’s Box is a do-it-yourself folding contraption illustrated with a hint of what’s inside.
2012 Mythologia: Gods, Heroes, and Monsters Portland Art Museum