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Arbor Saeculorum [Tree of Life]

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Arbor Saeculorum [Tree of Life]


Image is of two sphinxes on either side of the Arbor Saeculorum, or the Tree of Life. At the top of the tree on the left side a Phoenix, and on the right is a butterfly. There are two scrolls on either side of the image. Both of them are divided into seven squares, within each resides an image. The images on either side that are on the same level relate to each other. Beginning at the bottom, are the hexagonal Star of David (left) and the term for the Hebrew God (right). The next level depicts a boat (left) and an owl (right). Next, is a chain and the fasces for law and justice (left); across is the chi rho sign and a barrel with an axe (right). Moving up, is a helmet and the charter of the free cities (left), as well as the papal tiara and a barrel (right). On the next level are the blazons of noblemen and a hat (left), and Greek letters that symbolize knowledge and the bible (right). Next are swords and a cogwheel (left) and the liberty hat rising above the fleur-de-lis (right). Finally, at the highest level are empty, outstretched hands (left) and the flags of anarchism and socialism (right). The letter ā€œPā€ is in the lower-left corner of the image, and the letter ā€œGā€ is in the lower right; these are Patrick Geddes own initials. The image is vertically displayed.


Patrick Geddes


The Evergreen Volume 1, p143


Patrick Geddes


Spring 1895


13.5 x 17.5 cm