In the ancient world, the leopard was used as a symbol to represent power and status, both with respect to rulers, priests, and warriors. Leopard skins were commonly worn as symbols of rank, particularly among soldiers, and depictions of leopards are found in seals, on frescos, in metalwork such as cups and vases, and in weaponry. There may also be a connection between leopards and goddesses, representing their protective powers, or perhaps fertility. Depictions of goddesses and leopards are particularly common in ancient Greece.
This torc is constructed with an extra heavy braid of wire, and is approximately 5/8 inch (16 mm) thick. Available in bronze or sterling silver.