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The Celtic Art Coracle volume 1 issue 11
Language of Ornament, continued
With the purely symbolic, geometrical elements of primitive pattern, the zigzag, chevron, and diamond, however, these are intelligible in their own right, and contain the principles they symbolize.

So a point on its own symbolizes that which has no dimension. Unity. Individuality. An intangible principle which we recognize as an expression of that which in everyone is individual, unique, alone.

The symbolic point becomes a support for contemplation of the principle of oneness itself, of which we are conscious, and yet is also the principle of first cause, of origin of all that is, the ground zero of the big bang of the universe.

Primitive ornament, as Romilly Allen pointed out, is all based on a single system, exceedingly simple, everywhere and ever the same, and the archeological record bears this out.

Geometric symbolism is the basis of the original art every where on the planet, at least since the last Ice Age, it seems safe to assume - purer than religious and ceremonial ornamentation;  purer than mythology and folklore; purer than dream figures; and purer than poetry or symbolic art.

Purer than these, because not geometric symbolism is not limited by conditions of social context or verbalization.

 

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