Harlan W. Butt, Metalsmith
Odyssey Vessel #6: Aeaea
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.

AEAEA

Can it be that a whole year has passed?
At first we were lolled by the need for rest,
For decent food and drink.
But the safety and ease of this place
Has drugged us into lethargy.
I feared that this would happen,
But I too was seduced
By the euphoria of life here,
Nearly forgetting our objective.
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