Oak – pure nature
Roman oak to make roman coronas or decoration
Who does not know them – the historical drawings with roman dignitaries who had a collar of genuine oak while they stood very proud on their quadriga in victory pose and drove through the imperial amphitheater? The most well-known representative is obviously Emperor Augustus who had a crown of oak on numerous historical drawings.
The history of crowns from oak
Headdress from oak came into fashion in the antique. The decoration represented power, faithfulness and solidity. Soon afterwards the roman emperors started to wear crowns with oak leaves. For a long time this hairdress was reserved for dignitaries. The natural leaves were supposed to emphasize the proximity between the emperor and his people. At first it was a simple twisted chaplet of leaves which crowned the heads of the emperor. Later on the leaves were made from pure gold respectively from metal. It is no coincidence that the corona (crown) was made from oak originally. According to mystic belief oak, laurel, myrtle and olive had holy and magic powers. According to this belief the power of the plants was transferred to the dignitary who wore the crown.
- genuine corona oak, tied in bundles
- sufficient for approximately 6 crowns
- permanently durable
Already appreciated by the Teutons
The oak was a typical symbol of Germany history. Already for the teutons the tree was a symbol for firmness and faithfulness. The oak kept its representativeness until today although it was misused for purposes of propaganda during the National Socialism. Still today we find leaves or tendrils of oak on coins, medals and awards as well as on many city arms.
With this genuine oak you can very well design victory crowns with your students. Bring back the roman high period for your history lessons! A nice example is emperor Augustus who wears an oak crown on our bust: Emperor Augustus "Bevilacqua'
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