Patterns that connect: social symbolism in ancient & tribal art
Travelers & scholars have long been puzzled by similarities in the arts of diverse ancient & tribal cultures. It remained for the American art historian Carl Schuster (1904-1969) to discover a set of patterns designed by ancient peoples to illustrate their ideas about kinship. Schuster succeeded in decoding this iconography, which lasted over ten thousand years, crossed continents, & outlived most of the cultures that sheltered it.
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Bodies dr Hands as Kinship Charts
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Ainu ancestors ancient animal anthropomorphic appears artists associated Australian robes birth blank band branches bullroarer Carl Schuster carved chart circa clan clothing color column Compare conceived cosmic couvade cross culture decoration designs diagram Dieri Dogon dots double-headed figures elbows engraved Eskimo examples female figurines fingers forked gaming boards garment genealogical patterns Guinea headless heads hopscotch horizontal hourglass housepost human body human figures idea images incised stones Indian inverted joint-marks Kamilaroi kinship knees labyrinth ladder legs limbs lines Magdalenian male meander meaning megalithic Melanesia mesolithic modern moieties mosaic motif myth Nangiomeri neolithic notched original painted paleolithic paleolithic art panels Patagonia pebble petroglyph player posts pottery presumably probably ramiforms rebirth relatives repre represent ritual sacrifice Saint Andrew's crosses shaved-sticks shoulders Siberia skin social spines split stitching survive symbolism tattooed Tehuelche terns tion traditional tree tribal tribe tribesmen Tupinamba two-headed upper paleolithic vertical vessel World Y-posts zigzags