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Re: Rosettes

At 22:35 09/04/00 -0400, you wrote:

-The "King of Terrors" guildstone that Niven rescued from a Sinclair
graveyard contains some interesting symbolism.  On the left front of the
stone is "Death" wearing a crown and holding a scythe.  In the middle is
what appears to be a boy standing with his left foot on a ball (with a cross
inscribed on it) and his right foot on the character "O."  The boy's arm is
outstretched as though to hand something to what appears to be an infant
sitting in a chair above an open book.

I have two questions. Are my perceptions correct as to the figures that are
carved into the guild stone?  Does any one have any idea as to the symbolism
displayed?  At first, thought that it might portray the stages of life, but
the typical signposts are not there e.g. baby symbolizing birth, adult
symbolizing mid-life and an old person, then death.

Ward Ginn
 The symbolism is simply the march of time (tempus fugit) and to invite
    us to remember death    (momento mori).  The figure is stepping from
     the earthly plane (which is solid) to the spiritual one (which is the "O"
     to which you refer).

    Bob Brydon, the Templar archivist in Edinburgh (who is not, alas on e-mail)
    or Dr Tim Wallace-Murphy are better equipped to give a more detailed

 Niven Sinclair
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