Silver Pendant - Lotus Red Centre

  • Product Code: Silver Pendant - Lotus Red Centre
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  • $145.00

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RED CENTRE LOTUS FLOWER - Symbol of 'water of the sea', also of 'admiration'
Silver pendant on a lovely sterling silver chain.

Total silver weight = 4.6 g
Chain length = 52 cm
Pendant size = height 2.5 cm - width 1.5 cm

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Cultural significance
The Lotus flower is a symbol of the sun, of creation and rebirth. Because at night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. According to one creation myth it was a giant lotus which first rose out of the watery chaos at the beginning of time. From this giant lotus the sun itself rose on the first day.

The ancient Egyptians revered the Nile water-lilies, or lotuses as they were also called. The lotus motif is a frequent feature of temple column architecture. The Egyptian Blue Water-lily, (N. caerulea), opens its flowers in the morning and then sinks beneath the water at dusk, while the Egyptian White Water-lily, (N. lotus), flowers at night and closes in the morning. This symbolizes the Egyptian separation of deities and is a motif associated with Egyptian beliefs concerning death and the afterlife. The recent discovery of psychedelic properties of the blue lotus may also have been known to the Egyptians and explain its ceremonial role. Remains of both flowers have been found in the burial tomb of Ramesses II.

Notes
Susan is a feminine given name, a form of Susanna, deriving originally from Middle Egyptian "sšn" (lotus flower), first reported on an 11th Dynasty sarcophagus dating from approximately 2000 B.C.

However, the Hebrew root for the name for the lily, שושן, is derived from the root שוש or ששנ, meaning "to be joyful, bright, or cheerful", which is the basis for the word and name ששון Sasson, meaning "joy of life".

The Persian name for lily is سوسن sousan, susan. The name of Susa, an ancient city of Persia, may be derived from the lilies which abounded in the plain in which it was situated.
 
♦ A Syrian terra-cotta plaque from the 14th-13th century B.C.E. shows the goddess Asherah holding two lotus blossoms.

♦ An ivory panel from the 9th-8th century B.C.E. shows the god Horus seated on a lotus blossom, flanked by two Cherubs.

♦ The French painter Claude Monet is famous for his paintings of water lilies, the lotus for the Egyptian.

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