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PLATE FIVE
Archaic Group
Size: 12 ft. 5 in. x 2 ft. 5.5 in.
372.5 cm x 73.75 cm.

Like Plate One, the twelve hooked polychrome motifs seen above maintain a direct connection with a key design from the library of prehistoric image/symbols, the female deity. Fig.30 is a drawing of a plaster wall relief found in a shrine at the Neolithic site of Catal Huyuk and is dated c.6500BC. Their similarity furthers proves the viability that prehistoric icons maintained within the Archaic group kelim weaving tradition. A later rendition of this design, known as the birth symbol, appears worldwide as a central design motif in many 18th and 19th century tribal cultures, which again underlines the importance of this symbol and its longevity.

A design found at several Paleolithic cave sites Fig.31 most probably was this icons root source. This simple brace-like design was engraved at a number of sites and shows a highly schematized female form in the birth position - outstretched legs and abbreviated upper torso. Much later, during the Neolithic this same design, though more highly articulated, reappears on a two handled ritual cup Fig.32 c.6000BC from the Anatolian site of Hacilar, and on a fragmented bowl Fig.33, also from Hacilar. Several millennia later another bowl Fig.34, from Mehrgarh, a site in the Indus Valley c.2700BC, continues to demonstrate not only the continuity of this symbol but also the cultural connection much earlier inconographic forms continued to exert on succeeding generations of design iconography.

Figures captions 30-34



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