Pendant with coin depicting two-faced Janus

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Pendant with coin depicting two-faced Janus

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Serra - Roma / Jewelry

This sterling silver pendant with an authentic Roman coin ( 2nd cent.B.C.) was designed by me and handmade by the craftsmen of my shop, SERRA, opened in Rome in 1910 and located in via Margutta 57 , in the historic center of the city, very close to the Spanish Steps!

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways,passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. It is conventionally thought that the month of January is named for Janus , but according to ancient Roman farmers’ almanacs Juno was the tutelary deity of the month.

Janus presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence war and peace. The gates of a building in Rome named after him (not a temple, as it is often called, but an open enclosure with gates at each end) were opened in time of war, and closed to mark the arrival of peace (which did not happen very often). As a god of transitions, he had functions pertaining to birth and to journeys and exchange, and in his association with Portunus, a similar harbor and gateway god, he was concerned with travelling, trading and shipping.

All of our jewels are certified by certificate of authenticity attesting their Greek or Roman origin!