Jewelry of the goddess of love for the beauty of female
1.-3. c. A.D.
With all likelihood, a top of a hairpin provided the original piece on which our replica is crafted. The symbol of the hand is part of the cult of Jupiter Dolichenus or the cult of Sabatius. It could however also represent the hand with an apple of the goddess of love, Venus, as some Venus figures from Roman times carry an apple in their hands as a sign of beauty.
Old Greek legends tell us of a competition between the goddesses Juno, Minerva and Venus: who amongst them is the most beautiful? Jupiter had to make a decision, but he was diplomatic. He asked Paris to pass judgment. Juno promised him power, Minerva tried to bribe him with wisdom and glory. Venus promised him the most beautiful woman of Greece. Of course, Venus' promess met with success! Even if the "judgment of Paris" after all triggered the Trojan war, the Golden Apple remained the symbol of irresistible feminine beauty. Jewelry - in the literal sense!
Length 33 mm
including leather and jewellery bag