These earrings feature a vintage coin fob, c. 1940, depicting the Greek goddess Athena. The fobs dangle from vintage watch chain links, also c. 1940.
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Athena is the Greek goddess of war, wisdom and "handicraft." The vintage coin fob features an image of Athena based on the lost Athena Parthenos sculpture, which depicted her post-battle and of course victorious. The sculpture was said to show Athena wearing a helmet with a Sphinx in the middle and two griffins on each side. The fob coin shows a griffin in profile sitting atop her helmet. Griffins are mythological creatures with the lower body of a lion and the upper body and head of an eagle; they were frequently used to embellish Victorian jewelry as a symbol of bravery and vigilance.
While the original sculpture of Athena is long gone, you can visit an impressive replica in the United States at the reproduction of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee (we've visited this before, highly recommend!).