In this essay I will present continuity of historical artifacts of the geometrical symbol that is known as the “Flower of Life” in modern day. Origins of the symbol dates at least to the beginning of the 2nd millenium BC in Mesopotamia. Intermediate knowledge of the ancient Near East and western history of mathematics is required from the reader as well as elementary knowledge of art, geometry and religions. Reader is also expected to know basics of the Flower of Life geometry. I hope document will provide key sources for investigators willing to do further research with the topic.
Reflections after the research trip
I made a six week research trip to Greece, Turkey, France and Sweden in summer 2014. Since that I’ve been systematically collecting pictures of artifacts that have the Flower of Life symbol (later called by the abbreviation FOL) printed, carved or some way presented on them. Few websites already had a good collection of the occurrences. However, I think my personal findings on archaeological sites and museums following exhausting research on the Internet has brought up new, interesting facts that are not really collected in this form anywhere else before.
Flower of Life Wiki page (in August 2014) assumes that one of the earliest occurrences of the FOL is in an Assyrian carpet stone dated at around 650 BC. The Wiki page also questions the dating of the FOL that is imprinted on the Osirian temple stone in Abydos. This occurrence was first reported by the New Age author Drunvalo Melchizedek in his lectures in 1980’s and 1990’s and later officially in his two volume book “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life”. Drunvalo is also responsible of the term “Flower of Life” (not to be confused with Fleur de lis or Tree of Life) that is used to describe this particular geometrical figure. Due to his background in New Age philosophy, many topics surrounding the FOL are highly controversial. While dating of the FOL in Abydos is debated, it is evident that the symbol was known quite widely already in 1600 – 1400 BC. We have objects from that time which show clearly the same or similar decoration. These objects originate in Egypt Thebes [item 2], Northern Iran Marlik [item 3], Greece Mycenae [item 1] and Cyprus [item 5].