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Trojan Weathervane

Trojan Weather Vane - Greek Warrior


Our Trojan Weathervane depicts ‘Tommy the Trojan’, a classic emblem of the University of Southern California, USC. Though the white horse Traveler is the true mascot of USC, this classic Trojan figure is oft represented in relation to this acclaimed university.

In Greek mythology, the Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus king of Sparta. The war is one of the most important events in Greek mythology and has been narrated through many works of Greek literature, most notably through Homer’s Iliad.

The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the war. In the epic, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war.

The couple who first commissioned this piece are both graduates of USC, and loved this heraldic figure and the remembrance of the creative challenge, the team spirit, and the excitement of one’s college years.

Our Trojan Warrior Weathervane is crafted from copper sheet in swell bodied style. He has both a front and back side so his appearance changes depending on which way the wind blows. His attire, sword, shield, and the ground beneath his foot have had optional gold leaf applied, creating an enduring contrast as this vane weathers. His eyes are translucent glass, the color of which is selected when the order is being made.

It would be fun to see the two emblematic USC weathervanes paired together, this Trojan warrior and the Trojan horse. We have many horse weather vanes that would be appropriate in style for this match up. This horse in extended trot is but one example.Horse-Weathervane-Extended-Trot-022702-Table