H: 11 1/4" Cold Cast Marble-like Resin
In Greek mythology, Hades and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated the Titans and claimed rulership over the universe, ruling the underworld, sky, and sea, respectively.
Because of his association with the underworld, Hades is often interpreted as the grim reaper. Since precious minerals come from under the earth, he was considered to have control of these as well, and was also called Pluto, meaning "Rich One."
Symbols associated with him are the three-headed dog, Cerberus, and the Helm of Darkness, given to him by the Cyclopes, which made anyone who wore it invisible. Hades was known to sometimes loan his helmet of invisibility to both gods and men.
Despite modern connotations of death as evil, Hades was actually more altruistically inclined in mythology. Hades was often portrayed as passive rather than evil; his role was often maintaining relative balance. He strictly forbade his subjects to leave his domain and would become quite enraged when anyone tried to leave, or if someone tried to steal the souls from his realm. His wrath was equally terrible for anyone who tried to cheat death.
The quality of the casting of this figurine is excellent, with good detail, and the cold cast resin has a natural sheen and weight and will blend well with authentic and more expensive antique pieces.
(some information adapted from Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia)