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Thoughts: Chess, a game. Movement of pieces. Black and white, good and bad. Two Knights.
The white picket fence is an old American dream from the 50s: to own, to have, home sweet home with a white picket fence.


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Definitions are supplied to demystify symbolism (and the artwork in this studio).
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Cornucopia, also known as the "Horn of Plenty." A traditional American use of the horn is as a symbol for the Thanksgiving holiday. The American representation has the horn more as a wicker basket overflowing with fruits and vegetables. Compare that to the American Heritage® dictionary definition: "a goat's horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity." It's interesting how symbols grow and change through the years, some pieces are added and some are lost. Also used to represent Fall, the time of the year when the crops come in and the fruits of harvest are found in abundance.
Posted: November 13, 2003.


Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 76
An attribute of FLORA and FORTUNA, and a symbol of inexhaustible bounty freely bestowed upon mortals; a GOAT'S horn, from which fruit and other refreshing gifts pour endlessly. In Greek myth it belonged to Amalthea (a nymph with the form of a goat), who nursed the infant Zeus in a cave on the island of Crete and provided him with he needed to survive. Hercules fought with the RIVER god Achelous, who had the form of a BULL, and broke off one of his horns; he generously returned the horn to his defeated opponent, who gave him Amalthea's horn of plenty in return. The use of horns as vessels of liquid offerings (libations) is documented even in prehistoric representations (e.g., the VENUS of Laussel).
Posted: November 13, 2003.
Expanded: March 06, 2004.

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