Handshake 2 / 握手 その2

November 20, 2016

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24 October 1959, France
300th Anniversary of the Treaty of Pyénées.
designer:  Serveau, engraver: Piel

The left is the French king – ‘fleur de Louis’ heraldry on red sleeve – and right is Spanish king with orange sleeve with ‘castle-leo’ heraldry.  And this handshake had happened in 1659.  The origin of handshake was to proof that there is no weapon in their hands – well, it was one condition before the friendship, really.

ゆりの花がモチーフと言われるフランス王家の紋章が左の赤い袖、右の城とライオンの紋章がオレンジ色に抜かれているのがスペイン王。この二人が握手したピレネー協定締結は1659年のことだそうです。握手の起源は「手の中に武器を隠し持っていません」と互いに伝えることだった、というのは説得力があります。「友情」以前の確認事項として、手を差し出す。

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