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Art Show: The Odyssey

Mercury's favor Merchant and Gambler's Ring

by Marvin Lee Billings

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Art: Mercury's favor Merchant and Gambler's Ring by Artist Marvin Lee Billings
Mercury's favor A sterling silver and Carnelian stone Merchant and Gambler's Ring .

Mercury's favor A sterling silver and Carnelian stone Merchant and Gambler's Ring .

The Stone is carnelian 13 ct , 21 mm X 12 X 7 mm cut last night . The ring was formed today with a smiling sun on one side and a caduceus on the other . The caduceus was the magic staff of Hermes (Mercury), the god of commerce, eloquence, invention, travel and theft, and so was a symbol of heralds and commerce.
The band is 13 mm wide with two straight forced bands an a curved inner band for the chances of fate .

The ring is size 8.6

The total weight is 13 grams

Made this ring last year in May of 2010 for the Renaissance fair As found it in the stuff I was planning to use this year . Unfortunately this year has been a no go due to work . However The ring is a Going up for general sale .

Mercury, the messenger of the gods,the god of sex a guide of the dead and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves. And No I did not make this up : )


The mythical origin of his magic twin serpent caduceus is described in the story of Tiresias. Poulenc, in "Les Mamelles de Tiresias" (The Breasts of Tiresias) tells how Tiresias--the seer who was so unhelpful to Oepidus and Family- found two snakes copulating, and to separate them stuck his staff between them. Immediately he was turned into a woman, and remained so for seven years, until he was able to repeat his action, and change back to male. The transformative power in this story, strong enough to completely reverse even physical polarities of male and female, comes from the union of the two serpents, passed on by the wand. Tiresias' staff, complete with serpents, was later passed on to Hermes.

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