O Noble Heart, consider thine end
(Pennsylvania-German needlework motif)

For Pennsylvania Germans the heart has pictorial and symbolic significance derived from biblical study, devotional literature and German folk poetry. Many Germans, fleeing religious persecution, settled in Pennsylvania in the late 17th century. In the late 18th century, many Mennonites among them migrated to Ontario, bringing with them their beliefs, craft traditions and art forms. Depictions of the heart symbolized the “whole person,” reflecting biblical allusions to the heart as the seat of belief, emotion and love of God. The symbolic heart crafted onto humble household objects conveyed love of home and craft, artistic inspiration, human love and Christian devotion.

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