What is the scene of utmost significance in ancient civilizations? Are there archaeological treasures curated by the gods?
The design persists in the ruins of ancient Turkish temples, New Zealand Maori ornaments, and Central American Olmec artifacts.
The remains of Göbekli Tepe, dating back to around 11,000 BC, are among the earliest finds of a handbag.
Could the mysterious handbags represent an insight into the unknown? Assyrian relief carvings from Nimrud, 883–859 BC, may hold the answer.
What sets them apart is their surreal or divine transcendence, as there are several theories to untangle this recurring gesture or pattern in the object.
The first symbolism is the first time. The symbolism of the bag, the stars, represents the heavens and of the earth, while the square represents the hemisphere and of the sky, whereas the square was often associated with concepts of spiritual or immortal realms, while the sphere was associated with concepts of earthly and material elements.
According to Scholton, ‘In ancient cultures from Africa to India to China, the circle was symbolically associated with spiritual or immortal concepts, while the square was associated with concepts of the earth and matter.’ Therefore, the image is considered a symbol of the unity of the sky and of the material and the intentional elements.