Vintage Pomegranate Home Protection Amulet. Handcrafted bronze pomegranate with colorful crystal stones.
THE POMEGRANATE, la granada in Spanish, has been a recurring motif in art and literature for more than 2000 years. It is depicted in Chinese porcelains, Turkish textiles, Italian paintings, Norwegian coverlets, Spanish chests, Mexican embroideries and New Mexican colcha. It is mentioned in Greek mythology, in the Qur’an, the Bible and the Torah. Oscar Wilde wrote about it and Botticelli painted it. Most frequently the pomegranate is a symbol of fertility, birth and eternal life, owing to its abundance of seeds. It also represents unity. It is a symbol of royalty, owing to its crown-like terminal atop an orb. St. John of God, whose attribute is the pomegranate, brought additional significance to the fruit. In the Koran, pomegranates are mentioned as one of the gifts of Allah. In the Jewish faith, the pomegranate was said to have 613 seeds representing the 613 commandments of the Torah, and it was often used to decorate the Torah and its coverings.
Thanks to Robin Farwell Gavin, Curator
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art