The Cornucopia was a horn overflowing with produce. The cornucopia was associated with many deities related to harvest, prosperity and agriculture, such as Gaia, Demeter, Abundantia, Fortuna and Plutus. It is used as a symbol of abundance and material prosperity.
In Greek mythology, the cornucopia was created when Alpheus fought Heracles. Alpheus transformed into a bull, but one of his horns was broken off by Heracles. Another myth relates that while Zeus was being raised in a cave on Mount Ida, Crete, he was suckled by Amalthea; a goat. Zeus accidentally broke off one of Amalthea's horns, which he then blessed to forever overflow with produce.
In Popular Culture
In North America, especially the USA, the cornucopia is associated with the celebration of Thanksgiving.
As a symbol of abundance, the cornucopia is also seen in many flags, seals and coats of arms.
Coat of Arms of Colombia
Coat of Arms of Panama
Coat of Arms of Peru
Coat of Arms of Venezuela
State Seal of Idaho (USA), itself also displayed in Idaho's flag
State Seal of New Jersey (USA), itself also displayed in New Jersey's flag
State Seal of North Carolina (USA)
Coat of Arms of the State of Victoria (Australia)
Coat of Arms of the district and historic county of Huntingdonshire (UK)