graven image


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Synonyms for graven image

a material effigy that is worshipped

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Behind Benjamin Franklin's carefully wrought graven image there lurks "a serious thinker who, though he wore a leather apron, philosophized not with a hammer but a joke.
God's second commandment, indeed, is a prohibition against making images of any kind: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
The Bible states quite clearly: ``Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above.
Or maybe it's a graven image that gravely insults religion.
In The Graven Image, Bahrani tackles the ambitious question of the essence, or what she calls the "ontology," of representational arts in Babylonia and Assyria.
The second commandment dictates, "You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Procedure: Part of the Second Commandment says "Thou shalt not make unto thyself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
The irony here, notes Mitchell, is that the zealots of Zion have made the land itself an idol -- not a graven image, but a substitute nonetheless.
This may seem an unexpected assertion considering the ostensible prohibition against graven images according to the Second Commandment: "You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath.
Alexandra Ansanelli's Bride has the pathos of a child innocent and the unearthly stillness of a graven image.
There, among the exquisite renderings of Indian scenes--wolves, soaring eagles, Indians on horseback--is the graven image of Roy Palmer and Ron Brown.
Gill's first apprentice, Joseph Cribb, carved the inscription on Epstein's tomb for Oscar Wilde, and both Gill and Epstein contributed wholeheartedly to Mme Strindberg's nightclub, the Cave of the Golden Calf; Gill's forceful graven image The Golden Calf, originally intended to incite the club's late-night revellers, has been lent, together with several other key exhibits, from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin.
This shoulder-flexing season opener, dedicated to conductor emeritus Vernon Handley who died last week, offered something old (Beethoven), something new (Kenneth Hesketh's Graven Image, premiered at the Proms) and something --in Prokofiev's fifth - to show the Phil's current strength is anything but borrowed.
Kenneth Hesketh's Graven Image received its premiere at the BBC Proms in London in early August.