This cameo represents The God Hermes with Aphrodite and their baby son Hermaphroditus. All three together are symbols of fertility and the blessing of brides.
Hermes or Mercury is the god of boundaries, orators, roads and travelers, thieves, athletes, shepherds, commerce, speed, cunning, sleep, a conductor of souls into the afterlife and divine messenger.
Aphrodite or Venus is the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation.
Hermaphroditus was born a remarkably handsome boy with whom the naiad Salmacis fell in love and prayed to be united forever. A god, in answer to her prayer, merged their two forms into one and transformed them into an androgynous form. His name is compounded of his parents' names, Hermes and Aphrodite. He is the deity who presided over married people; the strict union between husband and wife being aptly represented by a deity, who was male and female inseparably blended together.
- Handmade 17th c. Cameo reproduction
- Solid yellow bronze cameo pendant
- 14k gold filled chain
- Gold filled has 100 times more gold than plated. Does not rub off.
- 1.4 mm chain.
- Nickel free
- The charm is 0.75" x 0.5" or 20 mm x 15 mm.
- Soldered eyelet on top
- Signed in the back by artist.