Elysium House Sign

“…THE ELYSIAN PLAIN…where life is easiest for men. No snow is there, nor heavy storm, nor ever rain, but ever does Ocean send up blasts of the shrill-blowing West Wind that they may give cooling to men.” Homer, Odyssey

Elysium, or the Elysian Fields are an ancient Greek concept of the afterlife. According to Homer, this realm was located on the western edge of the earth, by the stream of Okeanos. There are varying suggestions for the origin of the word from the Greek – meanings such as ‘to be deeply stirred from joy’, ‘incorruptible’, or ‘to come’. The Greek poet Hesiod refers to this place as the ‘isles of the blessed’… “And they live untouched by sorrow in the islands of the blessed along the shore of deep-swirling Ocean, happy heroes for whom the grain-giving earth bears honey-sweet fruit flourishing thrice a year, far from the deathless gods, and Cronos rules over them.” Yet again, Elysium is referred to in Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’, “Here comes the place where cleaves our way in twain. Thy road, the right, toward Pluto's dwelling goes, And leads us to Elysium. But the left Speeds sinful souls to doom, and is their path To Tartarus th' accurst.” Virgil then describes Elysium as a place of perpetual spring and shady groves, lit by its own sun and stars. But probably the best known use of the word in modern times is Friedrich Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’, set to music by Beethoven in his famous Ninth Symphony. Here Schiller refers to Joy as the ‘daughter of Elysium’.

Whatever its exact meaning, the word is beautifully pictured here with hand sculpted orchids and hand carved 23kt gold letters.

Carved & Gilded
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Sign Size
24 " x 15 "