Roman rooster - tall
Our Roman rooster is created after a model from the end of the first to the beginning of the 2nd century AD. The original is preserved in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Trier, Germany. The Roman finds in the burial site was found by Wederath in Hunsrück district of Bernkastel-Wittlich in a lovely wine spot of the Mosel region.
In popular belief, the rooster is the symbol for belligerence or even combat readiness. It symbolizes also vigilance and the sunrise. The Romans worshipped him as a symbol of the home guard. In Assyrian mythology, the cock was a symbol of the God of fire and the Sun God. In Greek mythology, it was sacred to numerous gods. In Norse mythology, two cocks awaken the hero in Odin's and the forces in Hel's halls. Elsewhere, the cock dispel the nightmare of the fiends. On Christian tombstones and sarcophagi, the cock appears as a Herald of the day. An example from popular belief: a charcoal-colored rooster is seven years old, so he lays an egg, from which emerges a dragon.
The patron of the roosters is St. Gallus; he is also the patron saint of the watchmaker, sometimes called St. Veit and shown together with Peter and a rooster.
Let your imagination free by showing children this Roman toy, part of a long and wide range of mythological figures.
- Original can be seen at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, Germany
- Height: 13 cm
- Length: 15 cm
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