Condition: New, Made in Greece. Material: Pure Bronze Height: 4,5 cm - 1,8 inches Width: 5 cm - 2 inches Length: 2,5 cm - 1 inches Weight: 190 g
The rooster is a universal solar symbol because its crowing announces the dawn. In Greek tradition Velchanos the Cretan rooster-god was assimilated to Zeus. A rooster was standing beside Leto, pregnant by Zeus, when she gave birth to Apollo and Artemis. Thus the rooster is dedicated to solar gods as well as to lunar goddesses. Moreover, the rooster is the specific attribute of Apollo. A rooster was ritually sacrificed to Asclepios, son of Apollo and god of medicine, because the bird heralded the soul of the dead that it was to guide to the Otherworld. Asclepios is also the god who, by his healing powers, brought the dead back to life on earth. This explains why the rooster is attributed to Hermes, the messenger who travels the three levels of the cosmos. In dream analysis, both snake and rooster are interpreted as symbols of time.