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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Pine cone and fleur-de-lis symbols

                                                                Edited May 25, 2012
Let's look at the pine cone symbol.

The largest pine cone in the world at Vatican Square in the Court of the Pine Cone.

 Roman Catholic pine cone candle holder

 "The Fountain of the Pine-cone" (1927) 

This fountain sits in front of San Marco church, one of Rome's oldest churches (4th century).

This pine cone staff is a symbol of the solar god Osiris, Egyptian Museum,  Italy

A relief of the lion god holding a pine cone staff

An Assyrian cherub holding a pine cone and bucket of holy water. Notice the fleur-de-lis atop his triple-crowned helmet. 

Bacchus, Roman-Greek god of drunkenness and revelry, with pine cone staff.

In Greek mythology, a thyrsus or thyrsos  was a staff of giant fennel (Ferula communis) covered with ivy vines and leaves, sometimes wound with taeniae and always topped with a pine cone. These staffs were carried by Dionysus and his followers.  

 Dionysus - the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy.

Museum Collection: British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Date: ca 100 AD
The god Dionysus holding a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff), draped with a skin, and accompanied by a panther, follows a Satyrs with pipes and Bacchante with cymbals in a Bacchic procession.

Roman relief showing a Maenad holding a thyrsus (PradoMadrid)

 A Bacchante holding a thyrsus:Malice, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Apollo, Poetry and Music by Aimé Millet (ca. 1860–1869), viewed from the boulevard de l'Opéra. Roof of the Palais Garnier, Paris.

Mexican god holding a pine cone.

  The pine cone is a common symbol on images of Hindu gods in India. 

Pagan trinity. I have also noticed ram.

 Goddess Cybele

Picture of Hitler’s desk. See the Left panel. A deity is flanked by staffs at the end of which are a pine cone.

 Pinecones hidden in the body of the classic Nazi eagle icon

A caduceus depicting a pine cone appears on the Whitehall Building in New York City( which is striking similar to the Staff of Osiris)

The magnificent ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, one of the most magical and spiritual places on earth, are filled with pine cone symbolism. Right: Antithetical animals flank an enlightened bodhisattva at Angkor Wat. 

30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin), London

Let's look at fleur de lis.

Egyptian  Goddess Isis

Ancient fleur-de-lis on the Assyrian cherub god.

Facade of the Throne Room. Babylon, coloured, glazed bricks. 604-562 BCE. 

 Château de Versailles 

The Eleusinian trio: Persephone, Triptolemos and Demeter, on a marble bas-relief from Eleusis, 440–430 BC.

Fleur-de-lis on a gate of Place Stanislas in Nancy

Chapelle royale (royal chapel) of the Palace of Versailles in VersaillesFrance.

Détail de la frise de fleurs de lys sur la façade de la cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Troyes, 13ème siècle. And chimera.

One of the 18 Renaissance stained glass windows of Auch cathedral by Arnaud de Moles.

St John Baptist. Stained glass window, Chateau de Breteuil, Chapel, France

 Fleur-de-lis in the coat of arms of Pope Paul VI

Fence with fleur-de-lis on Buckingham Palace in London.

Pavement in the Chapter house of the Fontevraud Abbey.

Boston Massachusetts: Floor in State House with fleur-de-lis mosaic design