Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees (Dover Pictorial Archive)

Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees (Dover Pictorial

This profusely illustrated archive of more than 200 flowers, plants, and trees was compiled by Ernst and Johanna Lehner — two of the world's foremost collectors of pictorial symbols (who also happen to be devoted flower enthusiasts). Their comprehensive collection, with illustrations selected from rare sources, extends from the image of a pomegranate, the Chinese symbol of fertility, to a basket of flowers in a nineteenth-century Valentine silhouette. A profusion of bouquets, wreaths, flowers of the months, and other floral designs are also included.In examining the symbolism of flora, the authors consider the religious, magical, and legendary significance of plants such as the mandrake, used as an opiate and love potion; the lotus, revered by the Egyptians and the Mayas of Central America; the mistletoe, a plant believed by the ancients to be capable of raising people from the dead; as well as the Bo tree, sunflower, dragon tree, ice plant, and many other botanical specimens. The development of horticultural images in heraldic devices, emblems, and symbols is also discussed, and a concluding section displays a table summarizing the symbolic meanings of every known species of flora — from absinthe to zinnia.A visual treat for flower lovers, this volume of royalty-free illustrations is an essential sourcebook for artists and designers. Of value to botanical experts and gardening specialists, it will also appeal to folklore enthusiasts.

  • Brand: Ernst Lehner
  • ASIN: 0486429784
  • UPC: 800759429783

Zen in the Art of Flower Arrangement: The Classic Account of the Meaning and Symbolism of the Japanese Art of Ikebana

Zen in the Art of Flower Arrangement: The Classic Account of the Meaning and Symbolism of the Japanese Art of

Japanese masters have developed the techniques of ikebana over centuries and, while many different styles have evolved, they all share the same fundamental principles. The art embodies aesthetic considerations, knowledge of the natural forms of plants, and a profound understanding of the space around them. This book explains these principles by describing the lessons learned from master arranger Bokuyo Takeda and the underlying Zen symbolism in the art of ikebana. Readers will learn that training in ikebana is a process of achieving spiritual enlightenment and that the craft of arranging flowers is a form of meditation. These lessons provide a perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life and the incomparable satisfaction of creating beauty in the home.

  • ASIN: 0285634909

Nature and Its Symbols (A Guide to Imagery)

Nature and Its Symbols (A Guide to

Looks at the historical use of the artistic symbols of plants, flowers, animals, insects, and fantastic creatures, and explains the meaning of each symbol.

  • Brand: Lucia Impelluso
  • ASIN: 0892367725

Pill Box (standard size ) in an Arabesque Design in Purple Color

Pill Box (standard size ) in an Arabesque Design in Purple

Celtic Glass Designs create significant and expressive gifts designed by Beverley Gallagher. Inspired by ancient designs found on standing stones, carved crosses, and illuminated manuscripts similar to those found in the famous Book of Kells, Sea Gems has created a range of items including bookmarks, compact mirrors, key rings, pens and pill boxes that evoke the elegance and mystery of the heritage of Celtic nations around the world.

  • Color: Purple
  • Brand: Sea Gems presented by Celtic Glass Designs
  • ASIN: B01LXPM5M3

The Flower Book

The Flower Book

Explore 60 flowers, bloom by bloom, in stunning portraiture with lush macrophotography that showcases the details of each flower, and learn how to arrange flowers with different styles, tips, and techniques.Intimate portraits of each flower include quick-reference profiles with tips for choosing the best blooms, care for cut stems, arranging recommendations, colors, shapes, and even growing tips to transform the home, from yard to tabletop. Study a multitude of blooms, from the amaryllis in spring, snapdragon in summer, and dahlia in fall to tropical wonders such as orchids and African lilies.The Flower Book spotlights 30 sample floral arrangements that show how to design and build custom floral arrangements using featured blooms. Plus, a step-by-step techniques section walks beginners through the basics of foliage and fillers, bouquets, and arrangements to make this book as practical as it is beautiful.A perfect gift for anyone who loves flowers, The Flower Book celebrates all the wonderful qualities of flowers—their sheer beauty, infinite variety, and power to evoke admiration—bloom by exquisite bloom.

  • Brand: DK
  • ASIN: 146544548X

Nina Ricci Luna Women 0.68 Eau De Toilette Spray

Nina Ricci Luna Women 0.68 Eau De Toilette

In 2016, Nina Ricci launches a new fragrance that will extend the world of fantasy that was created for Nina in 2006. Luna comes out in September as the enticing, powerful and mysterious counterpart to the modern and romantic princess represented by Nina. Nina was created by Olivier Cresp as a sparkling and bright floral-fruity composition, while Luna is developed by Christophe Raynaud and Marie Salamagne as bold, intense and mysterious. Its sweetened woody-floral composition begins with notes of wild berries and sensual orange blossom. The heart combines yummy caramel blended with immortal flower on the carnal background of sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. Luna keeps the symbolism and shape of an apple. Colored in blue, decorated with gold leaves and black leather around its neck, it represents the night, the moonlit version of the fairytale fruit. The box is white with an apple motif in blue.Models of the campaign are Frida Gustavsson as Nina and Jac Jagaciak as Luna. The fragrance is available as a 30, 50 and 80 ml Eau de Toilette.

  • Brand: Nina Ricci
  • ASIN: B077WYS2RJ

Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons: The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of Alchemy

Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons: The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of

Reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis • Shows how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry • Explains how to transform the soul into the alchemical Magnum Opus by combining Masonic grips and the abbreviated letters of the Qur’an • Includes a detailed biography of Baron von Sebottendorff Originally published in Germany in 1924, this rare book by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis as well as how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry. Sebottendorff explains how the mysterious abbreviated letters found in the Qur’an represent formulas for perfecting the spirit of the individual. When combined with Masonic hand signs and grips and conducted accordingly to a precise schedule, these formulas incorporate spiritual power into the body and transform the soul from its base state into a noble, godlike state: the Magnum Opus of the medieval alchemists. Laying out the complete program of spiritual exercises, Sebottendorff explains each abbreviated word-formula in the Qur’an, the hand gestures that go with them, and the exact order and duration for each exercise. Including a detailed biography of Sebottendorff and an examination of alchemy’s Islamic heritage, this book shows how the traditions of Oriental Freemasonry can ennoble the self and lead to higher knowledge.

  • Brand: Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff
  • ASIN: 1594774684
  • UPC: 884945219907

Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants In Your Garden

Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants In Your

“A beautifully illustrated reference book covers the origins, ecology and history of popular garden plants.” —Shelf Awareness The oldest rose fossil was found in Colorado and dates to 35 million years ago. Marigolds, infamous for their ability to self-seed, are named for an Etruscan god who sprang from a ploughed field. And daffodils—an icon of spring—were introduced to Britain by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. Every garden plant has an origination story, and Garden Flora, by noted garden designer Noel Kingsbury, shares them in a beautifully compelling way. This lushly illustrated survey of 133 of the most commonly grown plants explains where each plant came from and the journey it took into home gardens. Kingsbury tells intriguing tales of the most important plant hunters, breeders, and gardeners throughout history, and explores the unexpected ways plants have been used. Richly illustrated with an eclectic mix of new and historical photos, botanical art, and vintage seed packets and catalogs, Garden Flora is a must-have reference for every gardener and plant lover.

  • Brand: Noel Kingsbury
  • ASIN: 160469565X

Flowers of the Renaissance

Flowers of the

From the sunflower in Van Dyck’s self-portrait to roses scattered around Botticelli’s Venus to columbines in the borders of fifteenth-century manuscripts, flowers grace many Renaissance artworks. But their symbolism may not be understood by the modern viewer. This is the first book to untangle the richly layered botanical messages in many of the world’s great masterpieces.Renaissance artists made conscious choices about the flowers they included in their work and by embracing new methods of observation, rendered petals and leaves with an accuracy that made each species easily identifiable. Focusing on twenty popular Renaissance flowers, including roses, lilies, irises, tulips, daises, and poppies, the author discusses the history of cultivation of each variety before examining its symbolic meanings.Flowers and plants were not usually the subject of a painting, but rather elements of a larger religious story. Influenced by the revival of classical ideals, Renaissance artists frequently married religious symbolism with that from contemporary romances or classical mythology. For example, the hortus conclusus or closed garden, traditionally a reference to the Virgin Mary, also became a symbol for the popular Romance of the Rose, and Venus, in her purest aspect as the goddess of love, was aligned with the Virgin Mary and, like her, often surrounded by roses or daisies.This delightful and beautifully illustrated book uncovers hidden treasures in the grass at a saint’s feet, on the sleeve of an Elizabethan lady, and inside the lid of a Florentine wedding chest, allowing the reader to appreciate another aspect of many of the Renaissance’s most splendid works of art.

  • Brand: Brand: J. Paul Getty Museum
  • ASIN: 1606060627

The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals

The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching

Rosemary is for remembrance; sage is for wisdom. The symbolism of plants — whether in the ancient Greek doctrine of signatures or the Victorian secret language of flowers — has fascinated us for centuries. Contemporary herbalist Maia Toll adds her distinctive spin to this tradition with profiles of the mysterious personalities of 36 herbs, fruits, and flowers. Combining a passion for plants with imagery reminiscent of tarot, enticing text offers reflections and rituals to tap into each plant’s power for healing, self-reflection, and everyday guidance. Smaller versions of the illustrations are featured on 36 cards to help guide your thoughts and meditations.

  • ASIN: 1612129684