Tree of life

British Museum – Banded agate seal-stone Mycenean, about 1500-1400 BC From Ialysos (modern Triánda), Rhodes, Aegean Sea

 

The sun was displayed as a rosette. Like Sumeria ‘watches’ fertility.

Rosette sunwindow symbolism.

Potnia Theron. Great mother goddess like kybelle. Note lions. She is also pillar of heaven, the universe.

 

Knossos palace reproduction. Sacred bull taurus.

The swirls on sphinxes is like the Aker symbol swirls. Related to the sun at summersolstice, Leo and virgo. Hence the female sphinx of Greece. The flame on head is hair not flames. It are female sphinxes. Note the bulls horn symbol like in Crete.

Solar swirl

Aker, predecessor of lions next to tree of life or pillar. Note solar swirl. The double mountain image became bulls horn symbol.

 

Hathor with solar disk. Sun passes through taurus horns on ecliptic.

Amit with solar swirl on lion part.

Minoan palace with bulls horns.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_to_the_Ghetto_Heroes

detail of a Byzantine mosaic dating to the 12th century AD, Palermo, Sicily.

http://www.thelivingmoon.com/44cosmic_wisdom/02files/Tree_Life02.html

The lion became one of the favourite Byzantine motifs adopted by the Norman court in Sicily. It became a symbol of the status of the Norman rulers who considered themselves the equals of the Imperial court at Byzantium.

(Image source: illus B, p. 118 The Book of Art. Volume 1. Origin of Western Art, published by Grolier. ISBN 0671670077)

http://www.daimonas.com/pages/greek-basis-england.html

Left, detail of a Byzantine mosaic dating to the 12th century AD, Palermo, Sicily.

The lion became one of the favourite Byzantine motifs adopted by the Norman court in Sicily. It became a symbol of the status of the Norman rulers who considered themselves the equals of the Imperial court at Byzantium.

(Image source: illus B, p. 118 The Book of Art. Volume 1. Origin of Western Art, published by Grolier. ISBN 0671670077)

Left, Byzantine panel from the screen at Torcello, Italy. It dates to the early 11th century AD.

 

(Image source: plate 4, A History of Venice, JJ Norwich. ISBN 0140066233)

 

 

 

THE ANCIENTS
The Tree of Life
The Sumerians
 

© Andreas Petersen- Full Wallpaper available Here

 

The Sumerian Tree of Life
In Art

 

This image was found while searching for Sumerian Sacred Trees, but as yet we have not been able to document its use as such. The article did not offer any text with this picture. It was interesting enough to include while we seek its origin.
The Sumerian Tree of Life
On Cylinder Seals

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There are several later paintings and drawings of the Tree of Life, but this Sumerian Clay tablet (however crude it might appear) is one of the earliest, if not the first. It is among the original Sumerian Cylinders and clay tablets excavated circa 2, 500 BCE. 

 The clay tablet is prepared by rolling the carved metal seal on wet clay, which is then baked. Once baked the tablet cannot be altered.  The original Sumerian (Indo-Iranian) concept was that wisdom is likened to a tree whose fruit endows those who eat it with health and longevity. The symbol of an elixir of life had already been well established in antiquity by the Indo-Iranian cultures long before Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other cultures had the opportunity to recognise it.

This 4,500 year old clay tablet shows a man and a woman seated below the Tree of Life. Behind the woman is seen a serpent allegedly ‘tempting’ the woman.

This concept was expurgated in the Bible as the tree of life in the Garden of Eden by the Jews and Christians.  The Book of Genesis 3.22 mentions such a tree as ‘the giver of eternal life.’

This article was posted on vohuman.org on July 11, 2005
 It has been printed courtesy Spring 2005 issue of the FEZANA Journal.

 

 

 

 

 


The Akkadian Tree of Life
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This illustration shows that the World-Tree continued to be an important part of the non-Sumerian belief system in Mesopotamia. 

 

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