Five of Ringing Hearts

Denise Weaver Ross

Albuquerque, United States

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From the original mixed media on paper
40 H x 26 W inches
© Denise Weaver Ross, 2013

The Five of Hearts divided has five layers.

Layer One – The background layer is based on a fresco from the Tomb of Nebamun, Thebes, Egypt, Late 18th Dynasty, around 1350 BC. It’s a tropical scene and reminded me of Jamaica, where my late husband grew up.

Layer Two – On top of that layer I placed the central figures the top and bottom borders based on a tomb painting from of one of the sons of Rameses III and his wife, Queen Isis Ta-Hemdjeret. I love the border with the sheaves of grain, but chose it for the way their hands are held up towards each on the top in a formal greeting and held together at the bottom with what seems like true affection. I’ve transformed it into a wedding painting.

Layer Three – This is a painting of fives and so the next layer has five swords pointing down in an arc – a symbol of peace and harmony.

Layer Four – The traditional Five of Hearts card.

Layer Five – In this layer, each hand or hands is circled by a ring and are placed over each of the five hearts and circled by rings. They represent the four rings we wore between us – we each had a wedding ring, and he had his signet ring, and his mother’s wedding ring. You can also see a highlighted piece of the rings over the wedding fingers of our left hands. The final and fifth ring is over our hands meeting in the middle. This was the Hawaiian ring his youngest brother gave him when he was buried and symbolizes eternity.

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