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Italian Lira, 1954 with cornucopia

The cornucopia, also known in English as the Horn of Plenty, is a symbol of prosperity and affluence, dating back to the 5th century BC.

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A Californian poster featuring a cornucopia

In Greek mythology, Amalthea raised Zeus on the milk of a goat. In return Zeus gave her the goat's horn. It had the power to give to the person in possession of it whatever he or she wished for. This gave rise to the legend of the cornucopia. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers: deities, especially Fortuna, would be depicted with the horn of plenty. More modern images, such as those used in Thanksgiving murals, depict a horn-shaped wicker basket filled with fruits and vegetables.

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Infant Jupiter drinking from the Cornucopia.

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Heracles in the Olymp taking fruit from the Cornucopia.

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Arsinoe II gold Octadrachm, Double Cornucopia symbol

The cornucopia is also a favourite design for corn dolly making.

The sampo of Finnish mythology is also a source of plenty.


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