The Blazon: Petrarchan conceits
Hair as Golden Wires: "First for her head; the hairs were not of gold, But of some metal far more fine, Whereof each crinet seemed to behold Like glistering wires against the sun that shine" --George Gascoigne ("Dan Bartholomew" 1570)
Hair as net, trap, lure: "Those snary locks are those same nets (my Deere) Wherewith my libertie thou didst surprize..." --Samuel Daniel (To Delia, Sonnet 14, 1594) A and S 12
Cupid's bows (eyebrows) or Love sitting upon the Face/Brow Cupid: Desire/Eros--> god of Carnal Love or Desire; Son of Venus (the beloved is often compared to Venus in beauty and Diana in chastity). Two types of arrows or darts--> lead (hatred or disdain) and golden (love or desire). Often depicted as blindfolded. "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind..." (Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream")
Eyes shoot out darts (often of hatred, but also of love)<br /><br />Eyes as Sun (emitting rays of light, gilding objects it touches, etc.)<br /><br />&quot;One day as I unwarily did gaze<br />On those fayre eyes, my loves immortall light,<br />The whiles my stonisht hart stood in amaze,<br />Through sweet illusion of her lookes delight,<br />I mote perceive how, in her glauncing sight,<br />Legions of Loves with little wings did fly,<br />Darting their deadly arrows, fyry bright,<br />At every rash beholder passing by.<br />One of those archers closely I did spy,<br />Ayming his arrow at my very hart:<br />When suddenly, with twincle of her eye,<br />The damzell broke his misintended dart.<br />Had she not so doon, sure I had bene slayne;<br />Yet as it was, I hardly scap&apos;t with paine.&quot;<br />(Edmund Spenser, &quot;Amoretti 16&quot; (1595))
Cheeks of lily (white) and rose (red or pink) "My Ladie's presence makes theRoses red, because to see her lips, they blush for shame: the Lillie's leaves (for envie) pale became, and her white hands in them this envie bred" --Henry Contable ("Diana #16" (1592))
Breasts as Globes From Christopher Marlowe's "Hero and Leander" (1595): "For though the rising ivory mount he scaled, Which is with azure circling lines empaled, Much like a globe (a globe I may term this, By which love sails to regions of bliss" From Shakespeare's "The Rape of Lucrece": "Her breasts like ivory globes circled with blue, A pair of maiden worlds unconquerèd..."
Ruby, Rose, Cherry, or Coral lips; Pearl Teeth "For lo, my love doth in herself contain All this world’s riches that may far be found: If sapphires, lo, her eyes be sapphires plain; If rubies, lo, her lips be rubies sound; If pearls, her teeth be pearls, both pure and round; If ivory her forehead ivory ween; If gold, her locks are finest gold on ground; If silver, her fair hands are silver sheen..." --Edmund Spenser ("Amoretti 15", 1595) YouTube YouTube
Smithsonian Magazine covers the botanical and object inspired portraiture of Giuseppe Arcimboldo Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy
Illustration from John Davies' translation of Charles Sorel's "The extravagant shepherd: or, The history of the shepherd Lysis." (1654)
Further Reading: Uman, Deborah and Sara Morrison, eds. "Staging the Blazon in Early Modern English Theater." Surrey: Ashgate Pub Co: 2013. Vickers, Nancy J. "Diana Described: Scattered Women and Scattered Rhyme." "Writing and Sexual Difference." Elizabeth Abel, ed. Brighton: Harvester, 1982.

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