Superstitions and beliefs

The cornucopia

The cornucopia

The cornucopia is a mythological object. This object is in the shape of a ruminant horn or a newt shell.

* When this Cornu copiae, ‘the horn of plenty’ in Latin, is represented in the form of a newt shell, it refers to that used by Ploutos, the Greek God of wealth and abundance.

* According to the most popular tradition, the cornucopia adorned the forehead of the Amalthea goat, which fed Zeus during his childhood.

* According to another version, the cornucopia was in fact the horn that Heracles snatched from Acheloos, transformed into a bull, during his victory over the River God.

* The cornucopia is also present on the representations of the Gaulish God Cernunnos, alias the Horned God.

* She was also an attribute of the personifications of Tellus, Epona, Fortuna and Gaïa.

Metaphorically, the cornucopia is synonymous with an inexhaustible source of benefits.

This is why it can be represented overflowing with fruit, honey milk or other sweet and sweet foods.

The cornucopia is a different numismatics (signature / mark of the engraver) on coins and medals since 1880 in France.

The cornucopia ploutos

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