a question was posed.
Where did the motif of the heart as a symbol for love come from.
so i spent the morning looking it up.
biology. sex. it all boils down to reproduction. nature.
love is a fallacy. a dream product of biologic expedience…
Heart-shaped Brooch (front view above, rear view below)
England or France
Gold, formerly enamelled
Museum no. 86-1899
During the medieval period the two main themes in jewellery were religion and love. The heart shape and inscription show that this ring brooch was a token of love.
Jewels that were given as tokens of love often had inscriptions. They were believed to protect the wearer and bring good fortune. Their inscriptions could contain love messages, charms or prayers. This brooch is inscribed in French, ‘Ourselves and all things at your whim’. French was the international language of people with education. The inscription does not imply that the brooch was actually made in France.
Ring brooches were used to fasten tunics, gowns and cloaks. The front of the brooch is engraved with stylised foliage to form a decorative pattern. Originally this would have been richly enamelled.
crow cress Lepidium campestre