Sunday, December 15, 2013

The blistering pendant of Helios

The blistering pendant with the face of the ancient God of light, Helios, originated from the islands of Carria, Rhodes (Circa 230-205 BC), is a magnificent coin replica of numismatic art in ancient Greece. 
Helios, personification of the Sun in Greek mythology, was son of Titans. He was a handsome god crowned with a shining aureole.

The island of Rhodes is almost the only place where Helios enjoys an important cult. In Greek mythology, Rhodes was the goddess of the island of Rhodes and wife of Helios, personification of the sun-god. You can make out the Rhodes name (in Greek) above the rose and bud on the reverse side. The obverse ('heads' side) shows Helios himself. The pattern of Helios and rose with bud appears often on coins of ancient Greece.

The pendant is made of sterling silver with a diameter of 2,2 cm (0,9 inch).


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