HERSE Echo & Narcissus I Classic silk scarf from the limited collection Love Stories in Greek Mythology. The design is inspired by the myth of Echo and Narcissus. One day, Narcissus became separated from his hunting companions and called out, “Is anyone there?” Echo could only repeat his words. Startled, he said, “Come here,” which Echo repeated. Echo jubilantly rushed to Narcissus, but he spurned her, saying, “Hands off! May I die before you enjoy my body.” Humiliated and rejected, Echo fled in shame. Nevertheless, her love for Narcissus grew. To punish Narcissus for his arrogance, Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, put a spell on him. When Narcissus next noticed his reflection in a pool of water, love overtook him. He believed that he’d finally found someone worthy of his love and became entirely absorbed with his own beautiful image, not realizing it was actually himself. Unable to get Narcissus’ attention, Echo’s obsession and depression grew. As the years passed, she lost her youth and beauty pining away for unattainable Narcissus until she wasted away, only leaving behind her echoing voice. He was eventually drown in a pool of water, pursuiting his reflecting image- his impossible love, leaving a flower in his place.
Each HERSE artwork is an original vivid synthesis of elements drawn from masterpieces belonging to diverse artistic movements over the centuries. The artwork is imprinted using as a canvas garments of high quality luxurious fabrics. Every design is produced in pre-specified limited numbers. Each item is accompanied by a Unique Authenticity Code Number, so any HERSE client automatically becomes an art collector. Herse means Dew. In Greek mythology Herse is the daughter of Selena (Moon) and Zeus. According to Ovid, God Hermes fell in love with her and married her.