I chose a pomegranate for myself that was larger than many with an intact crown with all six points. I felt a little guilty at first but since it was my project, I figured I could do that. I had a number of witness conversations and got that my job was to enhance the outside and leave the inside a dark and empty void. I used embossing powder and a heat gun to create an enamel-like coating of red and gold on the pomegranate.
The box contains a black velvet pillow, which I sewed, and a mirror that reflects the pomegranate and also the viewer from the right angle. Outside the box are red beads in a heart shaped space on the top that evoke the lost seeds that have now nourished countless other beings. Around the edge are red trim, beads and bells. These reference Exodus 39 where the robes for the high priest are described. They are to have pomegranates embroidered at the hem alternated with bells. I have always been struck by this injunction as a means to reference and honor Shekinah, the feminine aspect of God, as the monotheism of Judaism got into high gear. She has been held and hidden in plain view in so many ways in Jewish history. The era of the Crone, honoring the wisdom of older women and the earth herself, is the creative theme I have been working with for some time. The piece can be kept closed to protect the mystery or opened if one dares to see herself reflected as the spark of the Divine feminine face of God.