Clara Bow wearing a swastika in the 1920s (before Nazi atrocities) when the symbol was commonly used as a geometric design. Swastika-shaped ornaments date from the Neolithic period. An ancient symbol, the swastika is widely used in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The Buddhists use it mostly on food packages to show that something is vegetarian. (The Buddhist swastika is straighter and more square.) Clara's swastika is not political, but it's visually quite a jolt.