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Pentagonal Masonic Tile of Istrian Stone - Italy, Florence, 1800s

Lot reference 16829445

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In excellent overall condition and intact, item of excellent workmanship

Very rare Pentagonal Masonic Tile of Istrian Stone, fully decorated and carved by hand.
Dating back to the 1800s, it comes from Florence (Masonic lodge founded in 1731), it was placed above a small vault in one of the places where Masonic meetings and ceremonies took place.

It shows carvings of typical masonic symbols, such as the providence eye, used by masonry in the early stylized versions.
Square and Compass are the basic signs of Masonry, as necessary to build stable and regular buildings. The Square is a symbol for Moral and the Compass for Spirituality. In other words, the square symbolizes righteousness and rectitude of intention, purpose and deeds, it represents an obligation, an unchangeable rule, an duty. The Compass represents Will, Ability and Genius.
The plumb line is the element of inner balance and suggests the ideal of a stable and linear ascent, by drawing a vertical, ideally infinite line, which leads to perfection. The level, an instrument intended to designate the perpendicularity, the horizontal with respect to the vertical, means the ability to build a reference system.
The stone is assimilated to the Mason himself; the masonic work of grinding and squaring the raw stone, is a symbol of the work the mason performs on himself, going from the undeveloped, unconscious and passive profane state of mind to the shaped, regulated and creative Freemason state of mind.
The Trowel is the tool of the bricklayer, used to spread the lime connecting the stones. It also is the symbol of Charity, or rather the will to help those in need. It is expression of active goodness, of charity, that is the good will due to being human.

The tile still has its original hook on the back.
One of a kind lot, very hard to find on the market.
Excellent workmanship and high quality. It can be hung on the wall or placed on a pedestal.
Well proportioned and relatively small size.
In very good condition, completely intact.
In case of shipping, it will be sent with appropriate packaging.
Shipping throughout Italy, Europe and the rest of the world at reasonable rates, with safe and trackable delivery.

- Width 24 cm
- Length 23 cm
- Thickness 4.5 cm
Weight 10 kg.

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    Contact aisé et grand professionnalisme
    Objet parfaitement conditionné pour le transport.
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    Fulmin June 20, 2018

  • Great seller and great Item !!!
    Everything has been perfect and I really recommend this seller.
    Will do more business in the future with him.

    citrak June 18, 2018

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    Verzend kosten te hoog .
    60.00 euro kan volgens mij voor de helft.
    heb met de verkoper overlecht maar geen positief resultaat
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