Lady of the Sycamore: feeding from a sacred tree

Tomb of Thutmosis III, Scene: The King is fed from the Holy Tree–Lady of the sycamore. circa 1500-1450 bce. US Public Domain, Wikimedia
Tomb of Thutmosis III, Scene: The King is fed from the Holy Tree–Lady of the sycamore. circa 1500-1450 bce. US Public Domain, Wikimedia

The above image is from the Tomb of Thutmosis III, c. 1450-1500 BCE. It is called ‘The King is fed from the Holy Tree’ (US Public Domain via wikimedia).

Carl Jung notes that “numerous female deities were worshiped in tree form, and this led to the cult of sacred groves and trees” (para 321). In the image above we see a drawing of an Egyptian king feeding from a sacred breast of a holy tree,  the ‘Lady of the Sycamore.’ The image is about 3,500 years old.

Reference:

Symbols of Transformation by Carl Jung

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6 thoughts on “Lady of the Sycamore: feeding from a sacred tree

  1. It is said that there is the imperishable Asvattham tree with its roots above and the branches below and of which the leaves are the hymns. He who knows this is the knower of the Vedas.
    Bhagavad Gita, 15.1
    http://www.bhagavadgitausa.com/bg15.htm – look little bit below

    for me the best translation of the BG (and the whole Indian Religion/Philosophy) is from Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, he is given very good commentaries like a psychologist…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarvepalli_Radhakrishnan

    love your work/blog, it’s amazing! I am sure C.G.Jung would be happy.

    kind regards
    Will

    1. Will,
      Thank you for the link to bhagavadgitausa.com. I love the image of the upside down cosmic tree. Thank you also for the reference to Radhakrishnan. His work on Indian philosophy looks interesting as well.

  2. Hi Jenna,
    “The sacred tree” is common to many religions and cults. However; i have heard that, it’s been said: ” Both, Good and bad are the fruit of the same tree. Approach the tree, feed on the good fruits and avoid the bad ones, lest you perish. And get to know the function of the tree.”

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