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Emotions are often expressed through utilitarian objects, which are transformed by the experience, feeling and artistry of the maker into representations of a metaphysical, spiritual world. Imbued with cultural symbols or representations of religious beliefs, these things declare the maker's search for deeper connection with God and fellow humans. The stylized heart appears throughout time and in many cultures, with both religious and sensual connotations. From its origins in folk culture and religious belief, it naturally followed that the heart would be adopted as a symbol for Saint Valentine's Day, with its suggestions of the earthly and the spiritual.