and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good.
Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by east wind, sprang up after them”
Genesis 41: 5-6
Why this building was decorated by beautiful mosaic contains fully iconic symbol. Did you know the message behind?
The building of “Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering En Lijfrente” was designed in art nouveau style which decorated by winged lion. Built in 1901 in two storey, designed by Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934). Sited on Willemskade 21, Soerabaja.
He studied in Polytechnic School in Delft (1876-1879) while drawing lessons from Herman van der Weele in Den Haag (1877), Empire Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam (1880-1882), course in Allebe of August, Tekenacademie Brussels (1882-1885) include course with Jan Portaels (1882-1883).
THE REPRESENTATION AND THE MEANING OF SYMBOLS
An Egyptian King
The existence of Pharao was explained in Holly Bible as well.
There are two egg timers.
The left egg timer shown a fully egg timer which still trickling down, whereas the other hand shown us empty egg timer,
means all sands was transferred in to the bottom
(the left egg timer which full of sands describes the glut condition, whereas the empty egg timer describe the famine or shortage of food condition)
The compass (used to form circles) represent spirit. It is the Masonic symbol that also represents The God as the creator of the universe
7 GRAINS (VIOLET COLOR)
The 7 grains in the left side has growth direction to the right and 7 grains in the right side has growth direction to the left. Each side has opposite growth direction.
(Right direction describes the abundant resources, whereas the left direction is the shortage resources)
5 GRAINS (RED COLOR)
The 5 grains in the left side and 5 in other side
The 12 grains represent the number of months in a year.
It can also represent the annual or annuity, because the ”Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering en Lijfrente” was the company of life insurance and annuities.
Hope of a fruitful harvest of things hoped for
THE NUMBER OF 1880
The year of establishment of
”Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering en Lijfrente”
MOTHER AND CHILD
Mother and child represents the motherhood symbol.
It means nurturing, safety, security, protection, love, satisfaction,
provision, compassion, healing, growth
On the bottom left there is a word “Rozenburg”. It is the name of the porcelain factory in Den Haag that manufactured the design of Jan Toorop.
On the bottom right, it is the credit title of artist.
A MESSAGE FROM LIFE INSURER
See the Bible, Genesis:41 (about Pharaoh’s dreams). Broadly speaking, according Pharao’s dreams, there are seven years of glut and full of food. After then, there are seven years of famine disaster or shortage of food.
It means the message for us that when we have a wealth and plentiful of resources, better if we store it for precautionary rather than spend it all. Because the future is uncertainty, we should prepare it through save the buying power for tomorrow.
In addition, the mosaic told us that we should protect our wealth and our life with the insurance because the uncertainty in future.
and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh,
and let them keep food in the cities”
Genesis 41: 35