The Matronae are a collective of Goddesses widely worshiped throughout the Celtic and Germanic influenced areas of the Roman empire in the early centuries CE. They are usually depicted in a triad grouping, representing their collective nature. Their iconography weaves together many themes: protection of tribe and family, nourishment and fertility, connection between the living and the dead, and both chthonic and life-giving currents of divine power. You can read more about the Matronae here and here.
This medallion incorporates original artwork by Morpheus Ravenna, inspired by traditional iconography found on Matronae altars and inscriptions from the ancient world. We show the three seated Matronae, two with their traditional round headdress and one with uncovered hair; crescent moons on their cloaks, holding fruit, bread, and patera in their laps. They sit enthroned between columns and underneath a shell canopy. The inscription bears their collective name in three scripts – Latin, Lepontic Gaulish, and Runic – weaving together the three culture hearths that were held by the Matronae: Roman, Celtic, and Germanic. On the reverse, the traditional tree with apples rises above a well, with the serpent wrapped round the tree. A distaff and harvest cornucopia frame each side, representing the flow of blessings in both spiritual and material forms.
Talisman is etched in 18-gauge copper, in your choice of 1.5″ diameter medallion, or 2″ allowing for much finer detail. Comes strung on a simple natural leather cord.