Shell with Inscriptions, India (Historic Hindustan), 18th century, Incised mother-of-pearl, Diameter 14.5 cm, AKM665 / Courtesy of Aga Khan Museum

wow, so delicate and beautiful

François Boucher. Boreas Abducting Oreithyia, 1769.

Boreas, the north wind, fell in love Orithyia, the daughter of King Erechtheus of Athens. At first he attempted to woo her, but after failing at that he decided to take her by force. Whilst playing by the Ilissos River she was carried off to Sarpedon’s Rock, near the Erginos River in Thrace. There she was wrapped in a cloud and raped.
Plato writes that there may have been a rational explanation for her story. She may have been killed on the rocks of the river when a gust of northern wind came, and so she was said to have been ‘taken by Boreas’.
In mythology Orithyia gave Boreas two daughters, Chione and Cleopatra, and two winged sons, Calais and Zetes, both known as the Boreads. These sons grew wings like their father and joined the Argonauts in the quest for the golden fleece.
Orithyia was later made into the goddess of cold mountain winds. It is said that prior to the destruction of a large number of barbarian ships due to weather during the Persian War, the Athenians offered sacrifices to Boreas and Oreithyia, praying for their assistance.