Comparative interpretations of religious symbolism in the design on a textile dated 1680

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Fay York Gibson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Staley

Abstract: This study of religious symbolism was limited to consideration of the symbolic significance of the motifs and other forms and spaces in the design which borders a white linen embroidered textile, dated 1680, in the historic collection of The School of Home Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Works specifically relevant to the objectives of this study were examined to establish an historic background for further research. The review of literature included: a survey of Christian symbols in art; a review of needlework for the church; and a survey of the historical development of religious symbolism, and the Passion symbols and their significance. Five versions of the Four Gospels were consulted for statements concerning the group of Passion symbols that are embroidered on this historic textile. The four twentieth century publications chosen for study included the King James Version, the Revised Standard Version, the J. B. Phillip's Version, and The New Enqlish Version of The Holy Bible. A seventeenth century Geneva Version of the Bible was used to establish a standard to which later translations could be compared.

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Language: English
Date: 1970

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