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Ring stone - Orange carnelian - Leda and the swan

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Ring stone - Orange carnelian - Leda and the swanRing stone - Orange carnelian - Leda and the swan

Ring stone engraved with Leda and the swan.
Orange carnelian. Length 1,6 cm.
Leda, naked, sits right on a layer and welcomes Zeus, in the form of a swan with spread wings, between her thighs.
1st century A.D. Roman Empire.
Two small chips at the lower edge otherwise intact.

In Greek mythology, Leda, daughter of Thestios (king of Aetolia), is the wife of Tyndare (king of Sparta).
Zeus took the form of a swan to seduce Leda, at night, according to Homer. From her love with the god, she conceived two children (Helen and Pollux), who were born in an egg, while Clytemnestra and Castor, children of Tyndare, were born in another egg.

From the former collection of Prof. Constantine Athanasius Trypanis (1909-1993).

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