Saturday, March 3, 2012
Welcome to my Box of Allegories
The challenge this week is Primavera ~ The Allegory of Spring. Spring has so many beautiful allegories, but the first one that came to my mind was Easter. I had just gotten down my box of Easter decorations, not even thinking about the challenge and there it was all before me, all the inspiration I needed.. The thing that I was most excited about was being able to use this box.
I found this box in a junk store not too long ago. A box handmade by someone from old barn boards. A box handmade by someone who needed "tools". Maybe it was a child's box for tools like his dads, or made by someone who needed a box to carry some small hand tools. I didn't know the history, only that it was handmade and old. I was so inspired and knew that I would use it for a box of
"Artist Tools" or maybe "Garden Tools". So it sat around being admired...
..Until I decided to use this handmade box to hold some "Tools for Primavera", "Tools for Life", "Allegories for Spring".
I had so much fun with the collage, painting and decorating these eggs. The Cross is handmade from metal, nails and iron and is a couple years old, but I felt like is was a good fit for the my box.
According to an old German story, a poor woman hid some brightly colored eggs in her garden as Easter treats for children. While the children were searching, a hare hopped past. The children thought that the hare had left the eggs. So every Easter, German children would make nests of leaves and branches in their gardens for the hare. This custom was brought to the United States when the Germans came. The hare became a rabbit because there were more rabbits in the United States. Today, it is called the Easter bunny.
In England, the goddess of spring, Eastre had an earthly symbol which was the rabbit. She was worship by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol.
The Easter bunny also has to do with its pre-Christian origin. The hare were very fertile animals and gave birth to many offsprings in spring. Therefore , the bunny served as a symbol of new life during the Spring season.
The cross was also a well-known symbol before the time of Christ. It was used a special mark on clothes and buildings. However, when Jesus was crucified, the cross became a symbol of suffering. Then with the resurrection of Christ, the Christians saw it as a symbol of Jesus's victory over death. In A.D. 325, Constantine at the Council of Nicaea issued a decree that the Cross is the official symbol of Christianity.
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