Tile Seventeen

Tile seventeen depicts Charon, the ferryman who takes souls across the river Styx. He helps to cement that the lowest tiles in the piece show the underworld. In modern work, Charon is often depicted as resembling the Grim Reaper (hood, skull, tall), which I think is boring. Iím much more interested in the renderings by Alexander Litovchenko or Michelangelo (both of which I found on Wikipedia).

In his boat, you can see a Grecian urn overflowing with silver drachma. It can be difficult to tell, but the illustration on the pot is supposed to resemble a famous depiction of the ferryman from a period vessal.

Riding along, with ruddy cheeks and ribbons in her hair, we see Eurydice, true-love of Orpheus. When this tile is connected to tile eighteen, they combine to show the two lovers leaving the underworld after winning the approval of Hades. Spoiler alert, it doesnít end well.


I think I'm supposed to put some copyright information here at the bottom:
Copyright Daniel Miller, 2011