ITEM: Vintage 14k Gold Leda and the Swan Cameo Pin / Pendant
COMPOSITION: 14k Yellow Gold, Acid tested
CONDITION: Estate Item, Very Good
WEIGHT: 10.2 Grams
MEASUREMENT: 1 3/4" X 1 3/8"
COMMENTS: Leda and the Swan was written in 1923. The poem is a Petrarchan sonnet, a form usually associated with love and romance.
The story of Leda and the Swan comes from ancient Greek mythology. Zeus, the Father of the Olympian Gods, took the form of a swan in order to seduce Leda, daughter of King Thestius. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. In the W. B. Yeats version, it is subtly suggested that Clytemnestra, although being the daughter of Tyndareus, has somehow been traumatized by what the swan has done to her mother. According to many versions of the story, Zeus took the form of a swan and seduced Leda on the same night she slept with her husband King Tyndareus. In some versions, she laid two eggs from which the children hatched. In other versions, Helen is a daughter of Nemesis, the goddess who personified the disaster that awaited those suffering from the pride of Hubris.
Circa 1900's. This piece can be worn as a pin but also has a folding bail to be worn as a pendant. Pictured as received from a local estate. Very good estate condition with minimal wear indicative of age. Items will be cleaned but natural patina will be preserved if applicable. Polishing to near new is always FREE upon request!
Rare Edwardian Leda and the Swan Cameo Greek Mythology Pin / Brooch / Pendant 14k Gold