woensdag 22 juni 2016

A Gable

A restored gable at a house in Amsterdam dating from 1742. In animal symbolism the ostrich is an example of "strenght through resistance" and the story is the ostrich can digest the stone and iron in his stomach. But with a stone or horseshoe in its beak, he is also a symbol of vigilance and alertness. The original house where the gable was placed has been demolished and it is replaced on a former bathhouse from 1924.

You can see it here at the far left side. Linking to "Signs, signs2"

18 opmerkingen:

  1. Uma casa bem antiga e com história.
    Um abraço e boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  2. It's good that they didn't try to demolish such a strong symbol! I hadn't heard that the ostrich was so symbolic. Maybe only in your country.

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  3. So fantastic that these tables are preserved Marianne.. now I'm wondering if the ostrich really has such a strong digestive system 😃

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  4. I like that they had descriptive signs above their doors then...and not just house numbers.

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  5. here a horse shoe is a symbol of good luck

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  6. Honestly, the ostrich doesn't strike me as a symbol of strength. Maybe I need to get to know them better. :-)

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  7. Beautiful sign and building and the lore of the ostrich is so interesting! I love to learn things like that!

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  8. An interesting sign. It's in great condition for its age

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  9. Wonderful that it has been preserved. I have never seen anything like that before and so good to have the symbolism explained.

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  10. A nice "vogel struis" gable and in such a great condition

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  11. A great find. I like the symbolism too!

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  12. A sign with an unusual message for the image! I like that corner building.

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  13. I like it!! It's quite different and the ostrich is not a bird that readily comes to my mind.

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