Catalog number: SBH24
Your Price: 25.00 €
The cult of Veles is very strong and dominant. Apart from Perun, he was the only Slav deity worshiped by all Slavs. His cult survived for a long time with Slavs from the Balcans and the Carpathians. Veles is a God of earth, son of God Rod, the patron of cattlemen and farmers, in charge of crops, fields and animals, domestic and wild. Slavs depended on Veles for whatever they would do.
He was represented as a strong young man with bull's horns on his head, but also as an old man, with long beard and a stick in his hand. As a god of beasts he was represented as a bear, symbol of a forest king to the Slavs, patron of the forest animals, fruits and the forest itself. He was celebrated at harves time, seed time and grazing. Spiritual forces attributed to Veles were dragons; places of his cult were, apart from temples, fields, pastures, cattle pens and graveyards. The rites included carnivals, imitating wolves and making oaths. His symbol was a stick, but also grass, wolf, black cock and domestic animals.
These figurines are the original work of Serbian sculptor Jovan Petronijevic, they are a part of a unique chess set inspired by Slavic mythology. You can have them separately, as a beautiful and original souvenir. Hand painted and patinated.
Brand ROD is engaged in the manufacture and sale of souvenirs inspired by Serbian and Slavic mythology and ancestry.
Behind the brand is a team of talented artists whose main goal is for people who visit Serbia to charish the memory of this land of fairy-tales, myths and legends, and the country rich in tradition and history that goes back many centuries in the past. This is the Serbia that we present through different forms of art and we have invested all of our talent and years of hard work, research and learning in this process.
In addition to silver and tin jewelry, clothes, leather and stoneware artwork that we design and make, we are proud to say that our creative workshop is the birthplace of the first, and only one in the world, chess set inspired by our Slavic mythology. This chess set is the work of sculptor Jovan Petronijević who became well known after solo exhibitions that presented his first series of sculptures (Vinca and neolithic period).
The whole chess (from chess board to figurines) is a work of art and has several different sets, including Gods and creatures from our mythology, and some of them you may know – Perun (the God of thunder), Svetovid (God of war and victory), Veles (God protector of animals), Dajbog (the kind, giving God), Mokos (Goddess of fertillity and protector of women), Svarog (the Creator of universe and Heavenly Smith)...
Each of the figures of our chess set is potentially a unique national souvenir and has a way of entering homes of people around the world. This way they can learn something about our so underestimated mythology (as opposed to Greek, Roman and Norse).
In the name of the brand ROD, we welcome you!
Jovan Petronijević, sculptor and Jelena Petrović, project director.