Clare Gibson

Clare Gibson

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Welsh love spoons, love tokens said to symbolise a man's desire to court a woman; the carved symbols have specific meanings (click through for more).

Welsh love spoons, love tokens said to symbolise a man's desire to court a woman; the carved symbols have specific meanings (click through for more).

A ceramic vessel made in Syria between 800 and 1000 decorated with Christian symbols, including fish (an ancient symbol of Christ) and the chi-rho (or monogram of Christ). (Museum for Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany)

A ceramic vessel made in Syria between 800 and 1000 decorated with Christian symbols, including fish (an ancient symbol of Christ) and the chi-rho (or monogram of Christ). (Museum for Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany)

A German print, c.1539, depicting the personification of the planet Saturn (with child and sickle symbolic attributes); in the bottom corners are the zodiacal signs ruled by Saturn: Capricorn and Aquarius; their astrological glyphs are depicted alongside them. (British Museum)

A German print, c.1539, depicting the personification of the planet Saturn (with child and sickle symbolic attributes); in the bottom corners are the zodiacal signs ruled by Saturn: Capricorn and Aquarius; their astrological glyphs are depicted alongside them. (British Museum)

A sixteenth-century english panel depicting the adoration of the Magi; Mary and the Christ Child, illuminated by the guiding star are on the left; the three wise men/kings had come to symbolise the three ages of humankind (individually representing old age, maturity and youth) and the three known continents (Europe, Asia and Africa). (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Unknown Artist The Adoration of the Magi Southwest England (c. Oak, painted and gilded Given by Viscount Lascelles Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK This Adoration is very interesting to me because in addition to the Black king, a possibly.

A miniature within an initial 'H' from a German illuminated manuscript, c.1470; the Nativity is depicted, with the Virgin Mary (with halo and blue-robe attributes) kneeling before the Christ Child and the star of Bethlehem overhead; angels are present, as are an ox and ass (Isaiah 1:3: ‘The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib’). Victoria & Albert Museum

Initial H from an Antiphoner in grisaille with miniature of the Nativity and angels in upper corners on a ground of burnished gold;

A Fabergé holly sprig made in 1908 by Henry Wigström from gold, rock crystal, nephrite and purpurin; holly symbolises Christmas, winter, Christ's blood and the crown of thorns; in ancient Rome, it was sacred to Saturn and symbolised wellbeing and happiness. (The Royal Collection)

A Fabergé holly sprig made in 1908 by Henry Wigström from gold, rock crystal, nephrite and purpurin; holly symbolises Christmas, winter, Christ's blood and the crown of thorns; in ancient Rome, it was sacred to Saturn and symbolised wellbeing and happiness. (The Royal Collection)

An eighteenth-century Chinese snuff bottle, copper decorated with enamel colours; its central motif is a lotus, symbol of purity. (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

An eighteenth-century Chinese snuff bottle, copper decorated with enamel colours; its central motif is a lotus, symbol of purity. (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

An Italian maiolica dish with the arms of the Visconti family, c.1480-1500; the central symbol comprises a dragon-like creature devouring a boy; the ‘big serpent’ (biscione in Italian) was the heraldic symbol of the house of Visconti and is today associated with the Italian city of Milan. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Plate with the Visconti arms Date: ca. Culture: Italian, probably Deruta Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): H. x cm) Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

A Japanese ivory netsuke created by Shuho in the form of a chrysanthemum, symbol of Japan, the imperial Japanese family, longevity and happiness. (British Museum)

A Japanese ivory netsuke created by Shuho in the form of a chrysanthemum, symbol of Japan, the imperial Japanese family, longevity and happiness.

Saint Martin and the Beggar, 1597/99, El Greco: Saint Martin of Tours is depicted with his symbolic attributes, a horse, armour, a sword, his cloak and the beggar with which he shared his cloak. (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

Domínikos Theotokópoulos, dit Le Greco ou El Greco - "Saint Martin et le mendiant", vers - Huile sur toile × 103 cm - National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.

Allerheiligenbild/The Adoration of the Trinity, 1654, Albrecht Dürer; the heavenly saints (with distinguishing symbolic attributes) are depicting adoring the Holy Trinity in the form of the Mercy Seat. (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)

Allerheiligenbild/The Adoration of the Trinity, 1654, Albrecht Dürer; the heavenly saints (with distinguishing symbolic attributes) are depicting adoring the Holy Trinity in the form of the Mercy Seat. (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)

Allerheiligenbild/The Adoration of the Trinity, 1654, Albrecht Dürer; the heavenly saints (with distinguishing symbolic attributes) are depicting adoring the Holy Trinity in the form of the Mercy Seat. (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)

Allerheiligenbild/The Adoration of the Trinity, 1654, Albrecht Dürer; the heavenly saints (with distinguishing symbolic attributes) are depicting adoring the Holy Trinity in the form of the Mercy Seat. (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)

Armour of Infante Luis, Prince of Asturias (1707–1724); commissioned by Louis XIV of France and probably made by Jean Drouart, 1712; 'The gilt rivet heads are of heraldic design—the lion of León, the castle of Castile, and the fleur-de-lis of France—representing the dynastic claims to which Luis was heir.' (Metropolitan Museum)

Armor of Infante Luis, Prince of Asturias Signature probably refers to Jean Drouart (French, Paris, died before October Date: dated 1712 Culture: French, Paris