Pomegranate Seeds Nestled on Bronze I Catherine Vamvakas Lay

Blown Glass and Bronze
5 × 11 × 10.25 inches
12.7 × 27.94 × 26.04 cm
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Raspberry coloured translucent glass pomegranate seeds are clustered and nestled in bronze pods. These sensual forms by Catherine Vamvakas Lay represent abundance, fortune and fertility. "The Pomegranate series is an exploration of the cross culturally recognizable symbol of the pomegranate. My interest is based in my Greek cultural heritage. Pomegranates of various materials are found in most households as amulets of good fortune, abundance, and fertility. The symbol is linked to the Classical Greek myth of Persephone and the fruit that she brought from the underworld. As a result, pomegranates and pomegranate seeds can symbolically be linked with the unconscious and the spiritual. Pomegranate, as one of the Ancient Greek pagan symbols is still in use in Modern Greece and can be seen as a reminder of the common thread that connects and interweaves the past with the present."

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