The Tree of Life in its various forms is recognized in all cultures as a symbol of immortality and eternal life. From ancient Chinese and Egyptian culture to Germanic paganism and Mesoamerica, it has been sought after throughout the ages. And, while depicted in many different contexts, the imagery across all cultures is essentially the same. Not to be confused with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the tree of Life is the tree whose fruit gives eternal life to all who might obtain it. In addition to its religious references, it is a reminder of our past (roots - ancestry), present (tree body - knots included) and future (fruit – labor and posterity).
The Assyrian Tree of Life was represented by a series of nodes and criss-crossing lines and was an important religious symbol, attended to by eagle-headed gods and priests, or the king himself. In Egyptian mythology, Isis and Osiris are the first couple said to have emerged from the acacia tree of Saosis, which the Egyptians considered the Tree of Life. The Hebrew Bible reference the Tree of Life in the Book of Genesis, in which the fruit of the tree give Adam and Eve Eternal Life. The Book of Mormon gives a detailed account of the prophet Lehi’s dream, in which the Tree of Life is a manifestation of God’s love for all mankind.
- Limited edition with 88 azure blue pens available (including fountain pens and rollerballs)
- The Tree of Life Collection is represented in the expertise of guilloché engraving and the artistic mastery of hard enamel
- The collection incorporates four levels of guilloché and three colors of translucent and opaque hard enamel on each piece
- At the base of the barrel are roots, meant to conjure the past
- The bark pattern suggests the present and the fruit is what we make of our lives
- The clip is reminiscent of a walking stick, symbolic of our journey through life
- The green leaves and fruit suggest Eden and the appearance of the tree of life in Christian culture