Moon and Star Sterling Silver Ring

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Moon and Star Sterling Silver Ring

Origin: Indonesia

Material: Sterling Silver (925)

Approximate Top Dimensions: 0.5cm x 0.2cm

Approximate Band Dimensions: 0.1cm

Weight: 1g

 

10% of this purchase will be donated to The Khaled Bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

 

Since prehistoric and ancient times humans have depicted and interpreted the Moon, particularly for astrology and religion, as lunar deity.

Iconographically the crescent was used in¬†Mesopotamia¬†as the primary symbol of¬†Nanna/S√ģn,¬†the ancient¬†Sumerian¬†lunar deity,¬†who was the father of¬†Innana/Ishtar, the goddess of the planet¬†Venus¬†and¬†Utu/Shamash, the god of the Sun¬†¬†all three often depicted next to each other.

The crescent was further used as an element of lunar deities wearing headgears or crowns in an arrangement reminiscent of horns, as in the case of the ancient Greek Selene or the ancient Egyptian Khonsu. Selene is associated with Artemis and paralleled by the Roman Luna, which both are occasionally depicted driving a chariot, like the Hindu lunar deity Chandra.

The different or sharing aspects of deities within pantheons has been observed in many cultures, especially by later or contemporary culture, particularly forming triple deities. The Moon in Roman mythology for example has been associated with Juno and Diana, while Luna being identified as their byname and as part of a triplet (diva triformis) with Diana and Proserpina, Hecate being identified as their binding manifestation as trimorphos.

The star and crescent arrangement goes back to the Bronze Age, representing either the Sun and Moon, or the Moon and planet Venus, in combination. It came to represent the goddess Artemis or Hecate, and via the patronage of Hecate came to be used as a symbol of Byzantium, possibly influencing the development of the Ottoman flag, specifically the combination of the Turkish crescent with a star. Since then the heraldric use of the star and crescent proliferated becoming a popular symbol for Islam (as the hilal of the Islamic calendar) and for a range of nations.

In¬†Roman Catholic¬†Marian veneration, the¬†Virgin Mary¬†(Queen of Heaven) has been depicted since the¬†late middle ages¬†on a crescent and adorned with stars. In¬†Islam¬†Muhammad¬†is particularly attributed with the Moon through the so-called¬†splitting of the Moon¬†(Arabic:¬†ōßŔÜōīŔāōßŔā ōßŔĄŔāŔÖōĪ) miracle.

The contrast between the brighter highlands and the darker maria have been seen by different cultures forming abstract shapes, which are among others the Man in the Moon or the Moon Rabbit (e.g. the Chinese Tu'er Ye or in Indigenous American mythologies, as with the aspect of the Mayan Moon goddess).

In Western alchemy silver is associated with the Moon, and gold with the Sun.

 

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