Rhea Goddess Seated in Lion pulled Chariot Pendant Necklace Bronze Sterling Silver Chain 2 Rose-cut Round Citrines 24 Grams 18 Inches Long
This bronze pendant of Rhea in her chariot with a pair of lions is set in a bronze MC signature frame accented with two 4 millimeters rose-cut Citrines (approx. 0.40 carat) The necklace is 18 inches long, and has a 2.3 mm sterling silver and cocoa gold-plated flat oval cable chain with same metal lobster claw clasp. The bronze pendant is 2 1/4 inches long and 1 3/4 inches wide and 3.5 mm thick. The total weight is approximately 24.8 Grams. NOTE THIS NECKLACE WILL TAKE TWO WEEKS TO CREATE.
The Rhea necklace features a first generation casting from Mon Coeur’s rare collection of intaglio impressions. The “white enamel” plaster of Paris impressions were made from some of the first 500 pieces from, the avid art collector, Polish Prince Stanislaus Poniatowski 2,500 commissioned gem intaglios. Prince Poniatowski lived in Rome between 1754 and 1833. These numbered miniature masterpieces are original art inspired by reading the literature of Greek mythology of the god, goddess, heroes, and heroines. This impression collection was previous owned by UK General Sir Alexander Walker (1764-1831) and his son William Stuart Walker (1817-1896). The collection was held in a small wooden curio case being admired by a select few.
The Greek association is with the goddess Rhea because she is the Mother of All: gods, goddesses, mankind, and nature, too. She is accompanied by lions often.
The Roman associations are with Ceres the Kind Goddess of Agriculture, Grain and Motherly Love Relationships, Maia the Mother. Another association is the pre-Bronze Age Phrygia Cybele cult with Anatolian attributes: Cybele a Virgin, Fertility Goddess, Gaia.
University of Oxford, Classical Art Research Centre in the Beazley Archive
Reference # T13
Title/Description: Cybele in her Car Drawn by Lions
Literary Source: Ovid, Metamorphoses
Collection Record: John Tyrrell, Esq. (1841)