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HERA AS DEPICTED IN CAMEO JEWELRY

HERA AS DEPICTED IN CAMEO JEWELRY

 By Preston Reuther Master Wire Sculptor

 

Hera was the queen of all Olympian deities. She is the wife and sister of Zeus and her father and mother was Cronus and Rhea.

(SEE HERA'S IMAGE CARVED INTO THIS SHELL CAMEO BELOW)

 hera cameo brooch

Hera was the overseer of birth and marriage and each year she returned to virginity by bathing in a well known as Canathus. The children of Hera and Zeus are the goddess of youth Hebe, and the god of war Ares. And both it is told were conceived without the help of a man. Born not out of love but from lust and hate.

Hera was jealous of Zeus's affairs. She punished rivals and their children. She sent two serpents to the bed of Heracles and drove the parents of Dionysus into madness and attempted to prevent the birth of Artemis and Apollo. Zeus hid his illegitimate children from her or turned them into animals to keep them from her.

Hera was worshipped as the town goddess in Argos and Peloponnesus and in the town of Heraia there were many public festivals in her honor. She also had temples in. Olympia Mycene Sparta Paestum Corinth Tiryns And others.

 

OTHER FACTS ABOUT HERA

*As queen of the Gods she wears a crown as seen in the cameo above. It is a cylindrical crown known as a polos or Poloi - a crown for mythological figures. Somethins with hair flowing from the center. (seen in many antique shell cameos) - When it comes to an id the polos crown is the give away!

*Her wagon was pulled by Peacocks

*She was known as Large Eyed

*Her sacred animal was the crow

*Another sacred animal was the pomegranate the symbol of weddings and marriage.

*She is portrayed as a serous Goddess and majestic and solemn. *Another Attribute is a diadem and a veil

NOTE The diadem, the veil and other atributes may be tips on identifiyger her image in a hand carved shell cameo.

 

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Preston Reuther is a Master Wire Sculptor that has been collecting, showing and selling historical figures on shell cameo jewelry for over 20 years. He has written several e-books and produced over 34 jewelry making DVDs. Written over 1000 articles on the jewelry design process. Visit his cameo collection at wwww.cameojewelry.com or Contact Us at 816-689-2779 ***************************************************************************

 

 



 

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