Illustrated Dictionary Of Symbols In Eastern And Western Art by James Hall

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A significant other quantity to James Hall's perennial vendor Dictionary of topics and logos in paintings, which bargains with the topic of Christian and Western paintings, the current quantity contains the paintings of Egypt, the traditional close to East, Christian and classical Europe, India and the a ways East. corridor explores the language of symbols in paintings, exhibiting how work, drawings, and sculpture exhibit many colours of which means from basic, daily hopes and fears to the profoundest philosophical and non secular aspirations. The ebook explains and translates symbols from many cultures, and over six hundred illustrations make clear and supplement the textual content.

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Egyptian temples were sometimes guarded by sculptured lions at the entrance. The lion's features were also represented on the bolts of doors. This magical power, or mana, that was believed to be present in the image was also the motive behind much Mesopotamian art, where the lion is often the guardian of temples and palaces. The earliest examples, in clay or bronze, date from the early 3rd mill. BC. In Assyrian sculpture we see a hybrid creature, a lionheaded dragon. Another hybrid, the lion-headed EAGLE, called Imdugud, isfirstseen on cylinder seals of the 4th mill.

The Jewish paschal lamb was adopted by the early church as a symbol of CHRIST sacrificed to save mankind. 57 Hence it may be depicted with a cruciform halo, cross-staff, chalice, or banner of the Resurrection [Hi]. It has this meaning in scenes of Abel's offering to God and as the shepherds' gift at Christ's nativity. Early Christian art represents the APOSTLES as twelve sheep surrounding the Lamb of God; subsequently, as men, each has a sheep for an attribute. 58 A lamb is the attribute of SS.

The old belief that every living thing on earth had its counterpart in the sea created the HIPPOCAMPUS, Capricorn (a GOAT with a fish's tail), Triton, Mermaid and others. Myth, folklore and, in the West, compilations of so-called natural history contributed their share of monsters. See also BASILISK; CENTAUR; CHIMAERA; CROCODILE; DRAGON; GRIFFIN; HARPY; HORSE (Pegasus); SCORPION; SIREN; SPHINX; UNICORN. See also DEMON. Octopus, Cuttlefish. A popular decoration on late-Minoan and Mycenaean pottery and sometimes on personal ornaments.

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