Iris

Detail from ancient Greek clay vase. London. Sotheby's. Photo. Sotheby's London F15923.A goddess, counterpart of Hermes as messengeress of the gods, an important role in Homer. She is commonly winged, and like Hermes may have winged shoes and carry a caduceus. On her travels she is attacked by satyrs and centaurs on some late archaic vase scenes.

Above: Detail from ancient Greek clay vase. London. Sotheby's. Photo. Sotheby's London F15923. © Sotheby's