NT2573 : The Moderator's Office Chair Tapestries (7)

taken 4 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

The Moderator's Office Chair Tapestries (7)
The Moderator's Office Chair Tapestries (7)
Seven is the number of charity, grace and the Holy Spirit and his sevenfold gifts. The most obvious symbol is the seven-branched candlestick which symbolises the Tree of Life and is used in Jewish rites, but seven is also the number of the sacraments in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Churches: baptism, penance, confirmation, the Eucharist, holy orders, matrimony and extreme unction. The Babylonians used a seven-stepped ladder to heaven. NT2573 : The Moderator's Office Chair Tapestries (8)
The Moderator's Office Chair Tapestries
In the offices of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is a set of twelve oak chairs, each with a different tapestry design incorporating the numbers one to twelve, and the meanings associated with them in both Christian and other religions. The rainbow, considered after its appearance following the biblical flood to be a symbol of God's reconciliation with Man, is the other recurring theme incorporated in each of the designs. I believe that the designer was Malcolm Lochead, but I do not know who did the work. The tapestries are in the upright backs of the chairs; the seats are plain black. The chairs are rarely displayed, but I was fortunate enough to see them, and to obtain permission to photograph them for Geograph, on the Edinburgh Doors Open Day.
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Saturday, 28 September, 2013   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 29 September, 2013
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