Emotions are often expressed through utilitarian objects, which
are transformed by the experience, feeling and artistry of the maker
into representations of a metaphysical, spiritual world. Imbued with
cultural symbols or representations of religious beliefs, these things
declare the maker's search for deeper connection with God and
fellow humans. The stylized heart appears throughout time and in
many cultures, with both religious and sensual connotations. From
its origins in folk culture and religious belief, it naturally followed
that the heart would be adopted as a symbol for Saint Valentine's
Day, with its suggestions of the earthly and the spiritual.
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19th–early 20th century. 3-D pop-up, mechanical, cutout,
embossed, colour printing, gold leaf. Germany[?]. Musée
12.7 x 8.2 x 11.6 cm.