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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 3 
ZOOMORPHIC ART The Development of Intertwining Zoomorphic Art from Mesopotamia to the Golden Age of Irish Art -  Gabriole Sinclair

The development of intertwining zoomorphic art is traced here from its first signs in the artistic achievements of the civilizations of the Tigris-Euphrates region, through time and across Europe, to its beautiful expression in the hands of inspired Irish Christian manuscript and metalwork artists of the 7th and 9th century A.D.

One of the first records of this style appearing can be found in cylinder seal designs of the proto-literate period of ancient Mesopotamia (3500 - 3000 B.C.). The seals were often done in a narrative style but had the disadvantage of reproducing only part of a narrative. An alternative style was animal frieze. The repetitive design must be harmonious, and there is a plan of antithetical correspondence which unites the composition. Even spacing and continuity of design are here obtained by the intertwining of the necks and tails of heraldic, monstrous quadrupeds.

The interlaced form continued to be developed in this area. Examples of this can be seen throughout the Neo- Sumerian period (2125 - 2025 B.C.) and also in the bronze work of Luristan. These bronzes are without parallel in either Mesopotamia or Persia. Iranian peoples were nomadic. They applied their art to portable gear such as that of horses, as well as to metal plate sewn onto clothing, daggers, axes, cups and cauldrons.

copyright Gabriole Sinclair 1983 
 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
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10.02.01edition
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