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17768 - Court of the Universe and Arch of the Eastern nations from the Palace of Agriculture,
Panama-Pacific Int. Exp., San Francisco, Calif.

The Court of the Universe is the largest of the five courts of the Exposition. It is the allegorical meeting place of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, and its decorative scheme is typical of its theme. This view shows the archway and its decorative statuary group of "The Nations of the East," and symbolizes life in the Orient. Directly across the Court leading from it on the west is a similar gateway symbolical of life in the Occident.

The inscriptions upon the arches are interesting and read as follows:

The left panel:
"They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it."

In the central panel:
"The moon sinks yonder in the west
While in the east the glorious sun
Behind the Herald Dawn appears.
They rise and set in constant change
Those shining orbs and regulate
The very life of this our world."

The right panel:
"Our eyes and hearts uplifted seem to rest on Heaven's radiance."

Original Stereograph

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