June 17, 2006

Hands of Peace

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The dove has been a symbol of love and peace for thousands of years in many different cultures. In Greek mythology it is the symbol of love and the renewal of life. In Christian art the dove symbolises the Holy Ghost and is often painted above Christ's head. A dove was supposed to have been released by Noah after the flood in order to find land. It came back carrying an olive branch, telling Noah that somewhere, there was land. A dove with an olive branch has since come to symbolise peace in Christian iconography.

Pablo Picasso made the dove a modern symbol of peace when he used it on a poster for the World Peace Congress in 1949.

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Posted by mehrdad at June 17, 2006 07:34 PM | Design |