This painting depicts an extensive range of Masonic symbols, including a set square, compass, level, plumb rule, maul and trowel. Freemasons make symbolic use of stonemasons’ tools in their ceremonies and they are often referred to as ‘working tools’. There are also several symbols that, although not uniquely Masonic, are often used in its imagery. These include different types of crosses and stars, an All-Seeing Eye, a dove, a sun and a moon with seven stars. The ear, eye and pair of padlocked lips are a pictorial representation of a motto often used in Freemasonry: ‘Hear, see and be silent’.
Where to see this painting?
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
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