This painting was commissioned by Wine Insights Australia who also purchased the copyright to use the image on their wine labels and for promotion of their new range of wines. The Australian Brolga is known to Indigenous Australians as the “native companion” and is a sacred totem in that region of New South Wales Australia where the wine grapes are grown. See http://beelgarawines.com/product/beelgara-brut-cuvee/
Today the phrase “to open Pandora’s box” means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching consequences.
In classical Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to create her. So he did, using water and earth. The gods endowed her with many gifts: Athena clothed her, Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo gave her musical ability, and Hermes gave her speech.
According to Hesiod, when Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Prometheus’ brother Epimetheus. Pandora opened a jar containing death, disease and many other evils which were released into the world. She hastened to close the container, but the whole contents had escaped except for one thing that lay at the bottom – Elpis (usually translated “hope”, though it could also mean “expectation”).