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Repeating patterns

There are glazed artefacts

It may be that these people made their pottery in kilns,there is supporting evidence for this.


8. There are examples of glazed shards that are curved with shadows.shard_with_glaze

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I'm looking at Repeating patterns, styles and use of devices of decoration and creative expression of an intelligence similar to ours

1. Small spikes, more often with a round bobble on the tip, sometimes with spirals, sometimes smooth, mounted on wider bases, that stand up either straight or curved, indicated by the clearly defined shadows around them. There are many of these, either broken off from the original mounts but intact in themselves or broken apart with composite pieces in association.

Some seem to be natural

and others are used as design components, as we have real flowers and animals but also represent them in our art.

2. There is a pattern of a flat rectangular base joined at an angle to a supporting spindle and wedge, often patterned. These are like a supporting foot, not representing an actual foot.


3. Flattened smooth wedges of elongated rectangular shape with pointed ends, or with notches, some are curved.

Some wedge shapes seem to be functional

4. Some flat pieces have well defined edges and show recurring motives, like petals.

5. Some artefacts have decoration and shape that suggest metalwork. Obviously this is impossible to determine from photographs but the detail shows fine craftsmanship. There are tube shapes, some have variations in colour, key shapes, a dagger, decorative fragmants, vessel shapes.

6. I found artefacts that are bulky and like a rounded off cube with a hole at the visible end. The hole suggests to me a function, but I've no idea what function it could be.this is an example

Repeating patterns, styles and use of devices of decoration used as design elements of sculpture.

The explanation of examples below are my interpretations of the images. They are representations of humans and other beings.

They employ constant elements of repetition of the same patterns and styles seen in the fragments described above


1. What appears to be a stylised animal employs the device of the spike with a bobble nose. It's stylised because of the smooth and yet elaborate curve of the head into the nose. The lines are simple but precise. The animal can be perceived to have teeth, indents for eyes and small pointed ears, these are the perceptual result of using shadow and elevation, a device used frequently in sculpture.

2. Use of spikes in artefact design and 3. Examples of stylised sculptured heads with features of animals and similar to our earthly mythological types suggests people with similar artistic expression to our own. Note the relationship between the animal and the bearded head as they share a focal point.

An arrangement of spikes around a damaged form has below it a hand with the finger pointing.

It has fallen in such a way it points in the direction of a head mounted on a background that is surrounded by spikes.

4. Styles of these heads is similar.

Note the hair is short and in regular locks.

Although the third is from the back

The style of carving eyes,

A raised outer ring with indented center to create pupils of shadow) is used in examples above and below.

There are different types of ears - scroll above and below here

5. Several different shapes of ears are represented, those like our own, round and on the sides of the head; pointed and laid back along the side of the head; large and pointed as in the image above, high on the head; small and both rounded or pointed on the top of the head. This is an example of ears shaped like ours

6. Suggestions of sculptured heads that are half buried with ornamental surround fragments that have the repeating patterns of spikes and petals.


7. There are stone hands

8. This stone foot is interesting, in that if it is a true representation of a real foot, the balance of whatever it represents seems to have been shared among the first three toes and the last two toes are set back and upwards on the side. The nails on the first three toes are flat ended while the nails of the last two, laying on the topside of the foot, are long and pointed.

I've drawn a small outline to show what I mean.


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