- Hortus conclusus
- Fons signatus
Both symbols appear in the Song of Songs,
"You are. . .my sister, my bride, an enclosed
garden, a fountain sealed." (Canticle 4, 12).
The typical half-image of Mother and
child form the crown of a tree which bears simultaneously, flowers and
fruit. They are symbols of Mary's role as simultaneously virgin
(flower) and mother (fruit).
"What a beautiful and chaste creature
(generation)" (Wisdom 4).