What Is the Mother and Child Symbol?

Mother and child symbols are different around the world. In Celtic symbolism, the mother and child symbol is the Celtic Motherhood knot, which shows two intertwined hearts. In the Hopi tradition, the symbol is the Tapuat or labyrinth. These symbols and others stand for fertility and procreation, sacrifice and wisdom.

The most well-known symbol of the mother and child may be the Bruges Madonna and Child by Michelangelo. The Madonna enthroned embodies the seat of wisdom, and the Child is positioned in front of the womb to reinforce the Madonna as mother. A mother and child symbol represents a strong bond.