"The Golden Hind" - Sugar Myths & Fantasies 2.0

The Ceryneian Hind in Greek mythology was a huge female deer which lived in the region of Keryneia. It was a sacred animal to the goddess of the hunt Artemis. Although female, it had male-like antlers, which were made of gold, while its hooves were made of bronze. It had the ability to outrun a flying arrow. Ceryneian Hind Is also called Cerynitis, Golden Hind. Capturing the Ceryneian Hind was the third task that King Eurystheus asked the demigod hero Heracles to complete in the story of the Labours of Heracles.

Here is my first contribution towards the world collaboration called Sugar Myths and Fantasies 2.0 which was awarded the Best Collab Cake Oscar last year in its first installment.It means a lot to me in being able to share such a grand platform with immensely talented artists.Please take a look at all the incredible pieces created by over 121 sugar artists from around the world.

Golden reindeer have always been a subject of curiosity for me and my inspiration to create this Golden Hind. I have predominantly used gum paste, fondant, and Royal icing to put together this piece. Modelling the head of the hind was the challenging part for me and I chose to sculpt it in Royal Icing. The whole set up has been hand painted to bring in the feel of a full moon night from the forest depicting Cerynitis standing gracefully in a lake lighting up the forest with its golden radiance. Photographing my piece was a bit tricky and I decided on showcasing the effects of playing with light as well.I hope you all enjoy watching this creation.