What's the meaning of the Cornucopia »


This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Cornucopia.

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The cornucopia is a large horn-shaped container - usually a woven basket overflowing with produce, flowers, or nuts. No two specimens are exactly alike. It's symbolic meaning is associated with a bounteous harvest.

Other names : Horn of Plenty

Symbolic Meanings : The cornucopia is an easily recognizable symbol of abundance, fertility and, to lesser extant, peace and good fortune.

Physical Description: While individual examples vary widely, the basic form of the symbol—a horn-shaped vessel filled (sometimes overflowing) with all manner of fruits, flowers, grains and vegetables—is unmistakable.

The vessel also possesses symbolic meaning in its own right; since the horn is phallic-shaped but hollow at the same time, it combines sexual imagery of both male and female, which further ties into notions of fertility.

Greece : The cornucopia has its roots in ancient Greek mythology. As an infant, the god Zeus was nourished by the she-goat Amalthea, and the first cornucopia was created from one of her horns and filled with goat's milk.

In its role as a fertility symbol, the cornucopia is also associated with Demeter (goddess of agriculture), Dionysus (god of wine), Cere (goddess of corn), and Fortuna (goddess of fortune).


Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Closed shape, Colorful, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines.

Categories: Food Symbols and Symbolism, Good Luck Charms/Symbols, Greek Symbols.

Cornucopia is part of the Paganism group.

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