Very Unusual Star Quilt
Very Unusual Star Quilt
This is perhaps the most unusual and interesting quilt I have ever seen. When I first saw it I just thought it was a very graphic "folk art" quilt. But studying it you could see there was symbolism to the figures. The central figure inside this rainbow sunburst in the center of the star certainly has a religious look and feel. And his location in the quilt is like he is at the center of the Universe. He is then surrounded by men, oxen, lions and birds. A bit of research and here's what I've discovered.
According to Wikipedia "A tetramorph is a symbolic arrangement of four differing elements, or the combination of four disparate elements in one unit. The term is derived from the Greek tetra, meaning four, and morph, shape.
In Christian art, the tetramorph is the union of the symbols of the Four Evangelists, derived from the four living creatures in the Book of Ezekiel, into a single figure or, more commonly, a group of four figures. Each of the four Evangelists is associated with one of the living creatures, usually shown with wings. The most common association, but not the original or only, is: Matthew the man, Mark the lion, Luke the ox, and John the eagle. In Christian art and iconography, Evangelist portraits are often accompanied by tetramorphs, or the symbols alone used to represent them. Evangelist portraits that depict them in their human forms are often accompanied by their symbolic creatures, and Christ in Majesty is often shown surrounded by the four symbols."
www.housetohouse.com offers this elaboration.
"The lion symbolizes supreme strength, kingship; the man, highest intelligence; the ox, lowly service; the eagle, heavenliness, mystery, divinity.
In Matthew we see the Messiah-King (the lion).
In Mark we see Jehovah’s Servant (the ox).
In Luke we see the Son of Man (the man).
In John we see the Son of God (the eagle)."
The other very plausible religious interpretation is that this represents what is described in Revelaion 4 of the Bible. The central figure on the throne with a rainbow around the throne and the four beasts, lion, calf, man and eagle.
There is also thought to be some connection to the Progressive Party established by Roosevelt in the election of 1912. I am still researching and will add more information as I find it.
This quilt was found it Texas.