In ancient Rome, Victoria was the Goddess of Victory and a symbol of victory over death. She also determined who would be successful during war. As a winged Goddess, these attributes allowed her to mediate and deliver messages between the Gods and Humankind. On this medal, she appears carrying a flaming torch and is pulled in her chariot by four lions. A symbol of success and determination, her presence refers to victory in all undertakings.
In Rome, Victoria came to be regarded as the protecting goddess of the Senate and her statue in the Curia Julia was the cause of the final combat between Christianity and Paganism toward the end of the 4th century. Her winged image was adapted into art throughout the ages and can be be recognized as the angels we know today.
On the back of the medal is the flame of Victory flanked by two angels symbolizing Light battling the forces of dark. The medal is recast in Bronze using the lost wax method from an original WW1 Italian Victory Medal. The bronze is then dipped in 22KT Gold. We find the emergence of Victoria at this time remarkable as it was originally issued in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic.
Approx. 1.50" round Medal origin is Italy, it s18" long and 20" total with the medal. Custom lengths are available. Medal is solid bronze clad in 22KT Matte Gold and made using the lost wax casting method. Chain is pewter clad in 22KT Matte Gold. It's fabulous!