Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Symbols Of Power And The Power Of Symbols

If you lived in a a time when most people could not read or write and did not move far from the place where they were born, how would you show that someone was important, or powerful?

Crowns, scepters and elaborate clothing help send this message, so the royal family and gods in ancient Egypt were often shown wearing these. Kings also built large, richly decorated palaces and temples to the gods to demonstrate their control.

There were sometimes challenges to the king. There were times when powerful officials or foreign rulers took charge of the whole country, or part of it. The same symbols of power were used by these new rulers.

The photos are of The Royal Pavilion in Brighton; England - an extraordinary and extravagant pleasure palace built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. This magnificent royal pleasure palace was revered by fashionable Regency society and is still a distinctive landmark for vibrant Brighton & Hove today.

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