Roman animals the rooster - small
A symbol of vigilance
The Roman rooster was a sought-after toy for children in ancient times. They learned in a playful way what folk beliefs say about this animal and what symbol it stands for. The capon stood for readiness to fight and signaled combativeness. But the Roman rooster was also supposed to symbolize vigilance and the rising of the sun.
It was revered by the Romans as a symbol of the guardian of the house, and the Roman cock with Peter stood as the patron saint of watchmakers. In popular belief, the animal was considered an oracular animal that can predict a lot with crowing. People believed that the Roman rooster will repel and scare away demons. They felt well protected for this reason. As a symbol of resurrection, the Roman Rooster was respected by the people and was the symbolization of Christ's rebirth.
- The original is in the Museum of Prehistory and Early History in Frankfurt am Main.
- Height of the rooster: about 9cm
- Animal length: about 9cm
Proud and fertile
It could symbolize the victory over the power of darkness and signaled the sun. An angry rooster stood for boldness and special courage in men among superstitious citizens. The Roman rooster was proud and vain, which also made it a fertility symbol, which is still true today. On late Roman amulets, for example, the cock's head appears again and again. It was supposed to awaken the people from sluggishness and sleep.
A lesson of a different kind
The original of this work of art, you can admire in the Museum of Prehistory and Early History in the city of Frankfurt am Main.
Not a toy for children! Unsuitable for small children. May only be used under adult supervision.
This replica is an authentic teaching tool and for your classroom or to collect. Make your history lesson different.
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