These are not your average bookends. They are in the shape of Fleur De Lis. The Fleur De Lis is an ancient emblem whose history is mired in debate. The fleur-de-lis or fleur-de-lys (plural: fleurs-de-lis) is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means "flower", and lis means "lily") or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. It may be "at one and the same time, religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic", especially in French heraldry. It has been seen in art from early Egypt and Rome. In the reign of King Louis IX (St. Louis) the three petals of the flower were said to represent faith, wisdom and chivalry, and to be a sign of divine favor bestowed on France. The fleur-de-lis' symbolic origins with French monarchs may stem from the baptismal lily used in the crowning of King Clovis I. The French monarchy possibly adopted the Fleur-de-lis for their royal coat of arms as a symbol of purity to commemorate the conversion of Clovis I, and a reminder of the Fleur-de-lis ampulla that held the oil used to anoint the king. The oil was provided by an Angel for the anointing of the new King giving divine status to the Kings of France.. The symbol has been thought to express the Holy Trinity in the form of the Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost with The Virgin Mary represented by the tie that binds the Trinity together.
This set of bookends has a hand applied distressed finish with a rust effect applied. They work very well in any style of decor and will be an attractive addition to your bookshelves or wherever you chose to display them.
Dimensions: 6 inches Wide X 4 inches Deep X 7 Tall - Each
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