Harlan W. Butt, Metalsmith
Odyssey Vessel #5: Lamus
2016
copper, enamel
6 x 5.5 x 5.5
The Odyssey Series is composed of ten lidded containers based loosely on Homer’s epic poem. The story parallels Odysseus’ voyage but does not attempt to duplicate it. Homer’s original epic poem inspired me but the journey described in these enameled vessels and the poems imprinted inside are my own.

LAMUS

The land looked idyllic and serene.
But the cruelty of the locals,
Who could have been our brothers,
Was too horrible to describe.
I watched as the monsters
Descended on my comrades,
Overwhelming and devouring them.
Fortunately, my suspicion and sagacity
Saved the lives of us remaining few.

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