Tantalize One's Imagination With Your Home Décor
Copyright 2001, Helen Marakis
Let the history of Greek mythology tantalize your imagination
decorating your home. Dolls representing the goddesses,
muses, and nymphs from Greek mythology, and available
exclusively from Portara, Inc., can deliver an added
excitement to your environment. The colourful, flowing
dresses and delicate ceramic faces lend personality and
character not only to the dolls, but also to your home.
These dolls have been available in the street shops of Greece
for decades. For the first time ever, these dolls are being
imported into the United States, and they are only available
through Portara, Inc. Each doll in the Portara collection has
been hand-painted with natural substances, even their clothes
have been dyed with natural substances. Made with the loving
care of human hands, these dolls have an exquisite character
which excites the collector in all of us.
Just like a picture frame, each of the dolls of Portara come
ready to be hung on your walls. These dolls add charm to your
home while stimulating conversation among your guests at both
formal and informal gatherings. To aid in your appreciation
for these dolls, each one has a tag which tells the doll's
name and describes the doll's unique features.
Some people will be attracted to the dolls by their fascination
with Greek mythology and history, while others will be drawn to
the mythology and history by the dolls. In nearly every case,
conversation will eventually drift to Greece itself.
Influences of the Aegean Sea
In a land which spawned names of great historical stature such
as Plato, Aristotle and Homer, as well as Helen of Troy and the
story of the Trojan Horse, Greece has played a dominant role in
nearly every corner of history. The multitude of Greek islands
in the Aegean Sea have helped cement this historical role of
Greece, as they played a defining role in the development of
the Mediterranean commerce and trade routes which flourished
in ancient days. As such, it is nearly impossible to speak
of Greece without mention of the Aegean Sea.
To discover more about the history of Greece and the Aegean Sea,
you may visit the following webpage:
The shimmering Aegean Sea connects the Greece of old with the
Greece of today. Many believe the Aegean has the bluest waters
ever seen. Maybe this explains why at least a fourth of the
Portara dolls are outfitted with blue attire. Amphitrete,
the sea-goddess doll, is dressed in blue. She holds a big
sea-shell, and small shells are attached to her dress. Thetis,
the sea-nymph, Alea, Eone and Rode have also blue colours
with sea-shells attached to a net. You can definitely see
the influence of the sea in their decoration and design.
Whether you are decorating with marble columns and marble
statues or the more realistic red statues, these colourful
flowing dolls make wonderful accent pieces for your
Mediterranean motif. Red creates excitement as an accent
piece; Hera, the Queen of Heaven and wife of Zeus, is
depicted in ceramic and is dressed in yellow and red.
Using fruit colours in sprays with the yellow of the sun and
the blue of the sea further fortifies the ambiance of Old
World charm. Spraying pomegranates with silver, gold or
copper paint, and placing on wreaths and sways, further adds
to the décor. In the Mediterranean the importance of fruits,
like figs, nuts and almonds, were a staple in the diet, but
they were also used in art and décor.
Tied Together With Colours
Continuing with the Greek idea of using food along with colour
to decorate, take a look at the desserts of ancient and modern
Greece. Greek desserts are usually made with honey, nuts,
custards, and filo; these Greek desserts all have yellow
undertones. The dominate colour yellow reoccurs in Greek
nature, in Greek desserts, and in Greek décor.
Consider the Portara doll, Demeter, dressed in green and yellow,
as a decorative piece for your home. She is holding real
chestnuts, almonds, hazel nuts, and olive tree branches, and
she is imported directly from Greece. Real nature combines
with the fanciful mythology to produce a classical décor to
accent your home.
Using nature as your guide you can combine colours and ideas
to present a pleasingly peaceful room.
Grasping flowers and tree branches, most of the Portara dolls
are holding a bit of nature in their hands. Ge, the earth
goddess, even wears a wreath on her head, and is dressed in
Ariadne, who is nearly 6 feet long, is a Greek nymph who
originated as a vegetation goddess in Minoan Crete. As the
wife of Dionysus, the god of wine, she is depicted holding
grapes that are from the vineyards of Greece and are
naturally dried. Dressed in light yellow and pink, with
long black hair and bright hand-painted eyes, her delicate
beauty will add grace and charm to any room.
Whether you are trying to display a particular theme, like
nature, are wildly attracted to the vibrant colours of the
dolls, or are fascinated by the history of Greek mythology,
Portara dolls will add a refreshing feel to the rooms of
Helen Marakis owns Portara, Inc. (http://www.portara.com/?2), a company that combines Ancient Greek history and art through its unique sculptures, dolls and semiprecious stones that are hand-crafted and hand-finished. Portara, Inc's products are being sold for the first time in the United States and come with a 60-day money back guarantee.
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