Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A 16th Century Pomegranate Design for Chrismons

16th Century Pomegranate Design.
       This pomegranate design comes from the sixteenth century. 
       Pomegranates are not nearly as commonplace as other emblems in the Christian church. In fact, a large proportion of the pomegranates turn out to be pineapples when examined closely. Pomegranates in later centuries often are depicted in the royal badges of the Tudors, and are not intended to be church emblems at all.
       The fruit was, however, an accepted symbol of the richness of Divine Grace, and is either shown split open, with the abundant seeds of new life showing, or it is "voided," and the sacred monogram occupies the space. Certainly, after the rose, it was the favorite flower on which the broiderers showed their skill. 
       For those of you crafting Chrismons strickly in white and gold, I would suggest perhaps the exception to this rule of practice be made. For the seeds central to the pattern here would be lovely in a brilliant, bloody red and an appropriate color choice this would be too, for the seed of Christ is often associated with his precious blood. 
       There is also a crown included at the top of this pomegranate as well. (symbolic for Christ) A unique design for Chrismon collectors and crafters everywhere.

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