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The Celtic Art Coracle volume 1 issue 11
Language of Ornament, continued

And when we are satisfied that here is an intelligible system of ornament, we should then attempt to see if it is intelligible at more than the merely significant level, like sensible geometry, but rather at the level of symbol, as in sacred geometry.

A square has four sides, four right angles, etcetera, all significant and intelligible enough within the special language of geometry. But what does a square mean, or contain that can be understood symbolically?

And can all these elements be interpreted according to traditional symbolism that is every where the same, as the mythological motif of the dying and resurrecting divinity occurs as an archetype, and is confirmed by comparative folklore?

If so, is not primitive ornament the oldest, unadulterated vehicle of sacred tradition to grace the earth, and is it not time we learned to read this eternal script of original humanity, and to apply it so as to recover its function in our own art?

 

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