Monday, April 09, 2007

Fish Symbols and Iconography

Symbol: Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible.

Iconography: A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized work of art.

Apparently some of you have guessed from Friday’s post that I have decided to make a collection of Fish Medallions.
Why fish you ask?
Fish have historically been strong and aesthetically pleasing icons of femininity and are worthy and powerful symbols of many aspects of womanhood.


Look at this beautiful textile with fish from Antinoƫ, Egypt, ca. 3rd. c. A.D. (Paris: Louvre):



The fish symbol has its roots in pagan fertility awareness and sexuality. It is often considered to be a symbol of the vulva of Isis. Well before Christianity, the fish symbol was known as "the Great Mother". Fish iconography has long been linked to fertility, birth, feminine sexuality as well as the natural force of women. Along with being a generative and reproductive spirit in mythology, the fish also has been identified in certain cultures with reincarnation and the life force. Throughout history, fish imagery and symbolism have been used for inspiring and empowering women and for expressing and communicating these beliefs of our worth and value. The primary goal of both my painting and jewelry has always been to create meaningful work for and about women that celebrates their inner and outer beauty.

That is why I was inspired to create an entire collection of Exalted Beauty Fish Medallions!

Come back tomorrow, I’ll have Medallion photos! :)

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