With head resting on hand and pomegranates on the table cloth, my thoughts…
My Thoughts II, 2004.
Oil on wood
70 x 50 cm
Pomegranate cultivation is at least 5000 years old. It was planted in the gardens of Babylon and it appears in Egyptian bas-reliefs. Its fruit is symbolic of love, fertility, and prosperity. In Rome, brides would carry a bouquet of pomegranate branches. It is characteristic of Hera, Aphrodite, and Demeter.
Christian iconography would convert it into a symbol of fruitful martyrdom, full of seeds of life, hope, and faith.
The capital of the Nazrid Dynasty, founded in the 10th century, received the name of Granada (Pomegranate) for this fruit which forms part of the shield on the city’s coat of arms, as well as on Spain’s shield since 1492.