Recently, a reader left a comment on one of my posts about "The Flower of Life".
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The Flower of Life is an ancient symbol, made of interlocking circles, that represents the interconnected nature of reality & the myriad forms that arise from it. It has been used in art & architecture throughout history.
I created the strategy game, "Da Vinci's Challenge," based on this beautiful & profound symbol.
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The reader I mentioned above is Marko Manninen, and he has done very extensive research into the legacy of The Flower of Life. He has also compiled image galleries with examples from around the world of both the pattern & it's base visual component, the 6-petal rosette.
Here are a couple of his links:
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have numerous examples of this symbol
This is his main website, with a vast amount of information
about the history, geometry, and artistic use of The Flower of Life
One of the oldest examples of the use of The Flower of Life motif is this cosmetic box from Egypt that Marko posted in his gallery- and there are many, many more examples on his website:
Circular Cosmetic Box with a Swivel Lid, Thebes, Egypt (1500 BC)