Pomegranate Symbolism

I had taken out a few books so I could research more about the symbolism of the pomegranate fruit;

Nature and Its Symbols (2004) Page 145;The image of the pomegranate is most commonly linked to the myth of the rape of Proserpina by Pluto, god of Hades. Thanks to this myth , over the course of the Middle Ages the fruit becomes a symbol of resurrection when depicted in the hands of the Christ child. It also sometimes appears on the tables set in the typical manor of still lifes, alongside apples and symbols of the Eucharist. … The fact that the pomegranate is a fruit made up of an outer skin enclosing many seeds has given rise to many different interpretations. Above all it evokes a sense of prosperity and fertility, and indeed, the fruit is considered an attribute of Venus.”

Hall’s Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern & Western Art (1994) page 155; “Its many seeds made it a widespread symbol of fertility and abundance among the peoples of  the Mediterranean, Near East, India and beyond. It is an attribute of the Greek God desses demeter/ceres, Persephone and hera/juno and was believed by some to be an aphrodisiac, or to induce pregnancy. Hence it was associated with fertility goddesses. It is one of the fruits of the sacred tree. It is an attribute of Hariti, a demoness of buddha legend who devoured children until, the Buddha cured her by giving her a pomegranate to eat. In China the pomegranate symbolises fertility, a painting of the fruit cut open to reveal it’s seeds makes a popular wedding present, expressing the wish ‘may you have as many children as there are seeds!’ “

Food In Art From Prehistory to the Ranaissance (2015) page 66; “Pomegranates might have been introduced to the Roman world by the Carthaginans or the Phoenicians, as the name ‘malum punicum’ indicates, and were valued for medical and mythological reasons. Their juice, squeezed from the arils, pips encased in brilliant pink or red globules, was astringent and tasted fresh and invigorating. ” Gillian Riley

None of the written work above was done by me.



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