les abeilles - Pocket emptier in pure Venetian glass, sturdy and exceptionally transparent. cm.24x18
The print is taken from a medieval bestiary, a Byzantine manuscript of the late 1300s preserved in the Bibliotheque Sainte Genevieve of Paris. The bees fly in ranks, the number 9 has a very strong esoteric symbolism, of cosmic perfection. Dante identifies in the number nine the maximum expression of divine love as it has as its square root the number three, the most holy trinity. In number nine he also identifies Beatrice, an angelic woman, who appeared to him for the first time at the age of nine. The second meeting takes place exactly nine years later, when Beatrice gives her first greeting to Dante. Nine are the circles of hell and the types of sin and nine are the celestial spheres of Heaven
the iconography of the bee is very ancient, we find it in Arab, Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures. According to the myth, Zeus, father of all gods, was called Melisseo, Man-Ape. Legend has it that Zeus was fed as a child by the bees of Crete and wanted their body to be the color of gold. No wonder these tiny animals represent in a symbolic key of life, strength, nobility, industriousness throughout history. Also because of the precious honey, which was used in the preparation of ragweed, a sacred drink among the Celts, Germans, Greeks and Romans, the priestesses who guarded the secrets of the Eleusinian temple were called "the Bees". The wax comes from the work of the Bee, for the composition of ritual and sacred candles. The Bee is the emblem of the eternal rebirth and renewal of nature, due to the mysterious disappearance in winter and the return in spring. In ancient Egypt, they represented the soul and were born directly from the tears of Ra. If a bee had entered the mouth of a deceased, it would have brought it back to life. This symbol assumed royalty and importance over the centuries, in all cultures, from Palazzo Barberini to Napoleon. emperors and popes made it the emblem and motto of their ideas and ambitions ...
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