Harlan W. Butt, Metalsmith
Odyssey Vessel #10: Ithaca
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.

Ithaca

Can this really be my home?
Haggard as I am and damp from the fog
Perhaps no one will recognize me.
And who could blame them?
How can they know the trials
And the privations I have suffered?
Why would they care?
All I want now is to see my dear Penelope
And live out my life in peace.
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