Acorns in Art

I had no idea the humble acorn has such a decorative history!

From Wikipedia: A motif in Roman architecture and popular in Celtic and Scandinavian art, the symbol is used as an ornament on cutlery, jewelry, furniture, and appears on finials at Westminster Abbey. The Gothic name akran had the sense of “fruit of the unenclosed land”. The word was applied to the most important forest produce, that of the oak. Chaucer spoke of “achornes of okes” in the 14th century. By degrees, popular etymology connected the word both with “corn” and “oak-horn”, and the spelling changed accordingly.

Acorn Design

Use by Native Americans

Acorns were a traditional food of many indigenous peoples of North America, but served an especially important role for Californian Native Americans, where the ranges of several species of oaks overlap, increasing the reliability of the resource.

Mortar holes for pounding acorns into flour, Lost Lake, California

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5 Responses to “Acorns in Art”

  1. glassgardener@juno.com Says:

    Love it! (and you…)

    Kim Webster http://www.kwebsterglass.com

  2. Krist Hud Says:

    Interesting article you have added here with amazing photographs, both photographs are looking beautiful. I want to say than thanks for sharing this informative post.

  3. Virginia Stella Says:

    Your acorns are amazingly three dimensional. Beautiful! Your information adds meaning. Marin is oak tree country. There is a wonderful gift shop in San Anselmo, called The Great Acorn Company. My hill top home is surrounded by great Oaks. I had to have one removed this year because of disease and the space is now marked by a large, gravel circle surrounded by shredded bark. Rather attractive actually. vs

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