Pomona

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Pomona was the goddess of plenty in Roman mythology. Her name comes from the Latin word, pomum, meaning "fruit." She scorned the love of Silvanus and Picus but married Vertumnus after he tricked her, disguised as an old woman.[1] Her high priest was called the flamen Pomonalis. The pruning knife was her attribute.

Pomona was a uniquely Roman goddess, unusual in that she was never identified with any Greek counterpart. She was particularly associated with the blossoming of trees rather than with the harvest.

In 19th-century statues and building decorations, Pomona is usually shown carrying either a large platter of fruit or a cornucopia. A nude statue of Pomona is in the fountain in the little park before the Plaza Hotel in New York City. For a listing of cities and institutions named after Pomona, see Pomona (disambiguation).

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Pomona on the left, gracing the Beaux-Arts Peninsula (former Gotham) Hotel, New York City, built 1905, with Diana to the right. Click on the image for more information concerning this example of the Beaux-Arts style.

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