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The Shower of Gold by gpalmer The Shower of Gold by gpalmer
Danae is another mythical woman who simply did not deserve any of this. Her father received a prophecy that he would have no male heirs and would be killed by his daughter's son. His response was to put Danae into a bronze chamber underground (some sources say a tower) with only a skylight. In theory, this would prevent her from ever having a child.

Zeus promptly visited Danae in the form of a shower of gold, and she became pregnant with the hero Perseus. After she gave birth, her father put both Danae and her son into a wooden clothes chest and set it afloat on the sea. The two survived only because Poseidon calmed the sea at Zeus's behest. They made landfall on the island of Seriphos, where they took refuge.

This commissioned piece is part of a published set featuring the mothers of mythical Greek heroes. You can find prints of it at: www.etsy.com/listing/523297394…
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bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Prophesies: ruining people's lives since 1600 BCE (or wne)
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