Lily of Cleves Cross by McKeown 7040

Deanne McKeown
Deanne McKeown
"None of us perceive the world in exactly the same way. Our oneness lies in a yearning to touch and to understand. My work is an endeavor to share my thoughts and vision through form and color and relationships, hoping to charge my images with meaning which will reach across the spaces between us."
Byron McKeown
Byron McKeown
Over the years I’ve learned to appreciate excellence although I rarely achieve it. The closest I come is in the ephemeral areas of concept and integrity. But, since I believe that my next effort will be my best, I will continue to pursue excellence.
Silver Jewelry
1.75" x 1.25"




An Ancient tradition speaks of the baptism of Clovis, King of the Franks, when the Virgin, (whose emblem is the lily) sent a lily by an angel as a mark of her special favor. Through time, the name Clovis was transformed into Cleves) becoming the name of a district in northwestern Germany.

The lower leaves of the lily, or iris, form the bottom of the fleur-de-lis, the emblem of France. These graceful curves are also reminicient of a shepherd’s crook, a kings scepter, and the ritual bishop’s crozier, all symbolic of the Good Shepherd.