Cornucopia; it is a Latin origined term, meaning horn of plenty. Examining the history of Western art; it is depicted as a horn, or horn shaped pot filled with flowers, fruit and sometimes coins. In art, it has been used for symbolic and decorative purposes as a symbol of abundance, plenty, success and good luck. The emergence of Cornucopia, described in ancient Greek mythological stories; it is possible to be related to the symbols like “horn-fertility-moon” in the belief of the Mother Goddess in earlier times.
Today, the concept of fertility; it is observed that it is handled with a different approach than the previous periods with the change of production forms and the effect of capitalist system. As a result of this understanding; approaches such as global consumption culture, mass production, the desire for profit that condone to disruption of nature, and the commercialization of nature have emerged. In some works of art, the Cornucopia symbol appears to be used in critically for this understanding.
In this study; even today, the interpretations of Cornucopia as a symbol of abundance in artistic design and works are examined. The change of values represented by Cornucopia from past to present is discussed. In this manner, it is aimed to reveal the cultural transformation. It is aimed to raise awareness about Cornucopia, which is a symbol of fertility.
Keywords: Art, Abundance, Nature, Mythology, Symbol, Herbal Motif
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