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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 8

Fig. 54: Basic Mazes

Cretan Labyrinth, Aidan  Meehan(25578 bytes)Cretan Labyrinth, by Aidan Meehan (27717 bytes)

While clearly the Val Camonica maze is the basic maze, the fact that you trace the path below the surface of the rock face presents a problem, because the eyes give more importance to the negative cut out than to the actual construction of the design.

 Cretan Coin, showing Maze, drawing by A Meehan (17242 bytes)Cretan Coin with Maze, drawing by Aidan Meehan(15923 bytes)

Here are two coins from Crete (viewed upside down, inscription reads KNOSION in Greek characters: Knossos was the capitol of Crete). The square one is from the first century BCE. The round one is about a thousand years older. The maze in this form was the national emblem of Cretan civilization, for a thousand years, at least. The name Cretan Labyrinth has therefore been given to it. Yet if we take the Val Camonica maze and tidy up the lines so that they become of uniform width we can plainly see that we have a Cretan maze in negative.

 

Content: copyright Aidan Meehan 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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