CHAPTER 7 - THE CLASP
A clasp, common in jewelry, was celebrated in Egyptian culture as a symbol of unification. Rendered in their art, columns of temples were tied together with papyrus stalks, and clumps of harvested lotuses were tightly bundled together in offerings to Isis. The pharaoh was forever shown grasping the two plants, symbolic icons of the Upper and Lower lands, together. In each case, the complete symbolism of the dual-flower icon remain intact and they include the clasp its most central element. The flora and its binding make up the fleur de lis completely. It is the only history that accounts for the complete meaning of this ancient symbol.