A strange figure appears in the earliest myths from cultures as far apart as China, Africa and the Middle East, where he was known as Dagon. He emerged from the sea and instructed the first humans on the basic skills of civilization -- mainly beer making. Some stories have him coming down in a metal ship from the constellation Sirius. He had arms and legs and stood upright. He had a man's face, but the rest of his head was that of a huge fish, and his body was also that of a fish. In this painting, the Fish-God has landed in his brew-kettle spacecraft upon the town of Olympia, a place famous for its artesian wells and symbolized here by the many pipes and faucets coming out of the ground. The stars in the sky are arranged into the constellation of Sirius. The Spartesian fish-god is introducing the Hydrometer to humankind, so that brewers can more scientifically produce their product.