The actual human heart looks almost nothing like the popular symbol, so where did our notion of heart-shaped come from? It turns out no one is quite sure. Even the ancient Egyptians believed the heart was the center of life and morality. The ancient Greeks thought the heart was center of the soul. The Romans realized the heart was the most vital organ. The heart gained even more importance in the middle ages, where it became an iconic symbol for love and sincerity. As for the shape, historians have several guesses. Some say the heart shape comes from an ivy leaf, a plant associated with fidelity. Some say it comes from another plant, an aphrodisiac whose seedpod it resembles. Still others take the view that the heart symbol resembles some aspect of human anatomy. In any case, it’s an enduring symbol, and Valentine’s cards wouldn’t be the same with a biologically correct multi-chambered heart on the front.
- Recommended Age: 5+
- Size in cm: 20.25 W x 25.5 H
- Size in inches: 7.97 W x 10.04 H
- UPC: 095866000066