|Tree of Life, Azerbaijan, 17th century|
I've always been drawn to the symbol of the Tree of Life. It seems to have been around forever in one form or another, in every culture. It's an archetypal image, a constantly recurring motif in literature, painting, and mythology, symbolizing (among other things) the union and balance of the upper and lower worlds and all they represent.
It's taken countless forms, of course, as each culture in each period of time has expressed it based on whatever beliefs they had, in whatever mediums they had to use. It's timeless--perhaps even eternal. The Norse called it "The World Tree," and given its ubiquity and its many faces, it really is.
|Tree of Life, Aberdeen (Scotland) Bestiary, early 12th Century|
|Celtic Tree of Life (one of so many!)|
|Tree of Life, Spain, modern day|
These are just a tiny sample of the endless ways the Tree of Life has been interpreted over the centuries. I would never claim to have created anything iconic in my earring offering today; instead I created a very simple and colorful tribute to the Tree of Life, less than 2 inches long.
Kristi Bowman-Gruel made the beautiful Tree of Life charms, and sky-blue lampwork rondelles, small green Czech glass rondelles, and tiny Swarovski crystals echo their colors.
The earrings can be found here.
I loved spending this time with you all--for one thing I got to share some seldom-used knowledge about Medieval iconography--yay! I hope to see you again in two weeks. :)