Typology features of characters in the Indian Parhupati seal, as in all cultures, demonstrate that the five structural layers of expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture. Early Indian seals compare well to Dilmun seals, partly due to stylistic exchange, but mainly due to universal archetype. General themes in the famous buffalo god Harappan seal include type 6 Exile or Capricornus; of ingress (here of the god), sacrifice, U-shaped (here of two letters, and of horns), volute (here of the podium bases), horned, and double-headed (here of two letters, and the main character).
India, Harappa, Parhupati seal (after Njasaryablog, bottom right character missing, assumed, and restored as antithetical. Typology and axial grid by ED Furter).
These characters express about 50% of the known recurrent features of the sixteen archetypes, in their sequence, and with their focal points on the axial grid, as usual (the average is 60%, but miniature artworks usually express fewer).
Type; Character (noting archetypal features):
2 Builder or Taurus; Fish (of 3? But see a type 2-4 swop in a Hellenic salt pan calendar, on https://stoneprintjournal.blog/2018/04/02/a-greek-salt-frying-pan-model-of-character-and-calendar/ ).
3 Queen or Aries; Two-headed dragon (long or bent neck, dragon, spring). Also typical of 6. Types 3 and 6 are inherently ambiguous in about 5% of their features.
4 King or Pisces; King? Sitting (squatting), with 4p (twins).
4p Gal.S.Pole; Shoulder (limb joint) of twin (of 4), squatting (of 4).
5a Priest or Aquarius; Man B’s midriff (should be chest, heart, opposite of 12, GRID ERROR, typical of miniature artworks) of officiant (priest, assembly).
5b Priest or Aquarius; Rhinoceros.
6 Exile or Capricornus; Buffalo (horned. Its double-headed feature is transferred to type 7).
7 Child or Sagittarius; Buffalo person (horned, of 6), three-faced (unfolding), near the axial centre (ingress, of 6).
7g Gal.Centre: Podium B (juncture).
9 Healer or Scorpius; Caprid (of 6), looking back (of 3 or 10) under podium (pillar).
9c Basket Lid; Podium.
10 Teacher or Libra; Caprid at podium (guard).
11 Womb or Virgo; Tiger’s midriff (womb).
11p Gal.Pole: Tiger’s jaw (limb).
12 Heart or Leo; Tiger (felid).
13 Heart or Leo; Man A’s chest (heart).
14 Mixer or Cancer; Elephant.
15 Maker or Gemini; V-shaped dragon A (doubled, churn).
15g Gal.Gate; V-shaped dragon B’s jaw (limb joint).
The axial centre or ‘ecliptic’ pole is unmarked, as usual. The celestial south pole is on horn B (usually a limb joint, which the horns here seem to express). The horizontal plane confirms ‘winter’ in Aquarius-Capricornus, thus ‘spring’ and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus-Aries, confirmed by the two top central types.
The five structural layers of art and architecture, are subconscious. Some of the symbolic aspects of archetypal features are semi-conscious, thus semi-logical. The only design that hints at some conscious understanding of the axial grid by the artist, is the Cycladic salt pan bottom calendar, with radial divisions (see the link noted at type 2 above). However the calendar is understood as an abstract cycle, and most cultures and crafts do not inquire further into the underlying structure of time, space and character. Crafts such as astrology and alchemy use aspects of art, particularly emblems and icons, but tend to isolate their functions from common crafts such as art and myth.
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Angel of time
General themes in this Indian seal of Mohenjo Daro, include type 13c Basket Head, typical of prediction or calendar feasts, here a head offering, a box, and two structurally ‘extra’ aswins, or wives of sages. The five structural layers of expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.
2 Builder or Taurus; Ram.
2c Basket; A letter (woven texture).
3 Queen or Aries; : (in the damaged edge).
4 King or Pisces; Fish (fish, rare).
5a Priest or Aquarius; Man, its head in the damaged edge. Priest? (priest).
5c BasketTail; Letter, U-shape (of 6).
6 Exile or Capricornus; Wife G with cap (horned), far from the centre (egress).
7 Child or Sagittarius; Wife G, opposite two types, a regular device in minimalist works. Hair tassle (rope, juvenile).
7g Gal.Centre; Wife F.
9 Healer or Scorpius; Wife E.
10 Teacher or Libra; Wife D.
11 Womb or Virgo; Wife C’s midriff (womb).
11p Gal.Pole: King’s foot (limb joint).
12 Heart or Leo; Wife C’s chest (heart, palace), under stool with head.
13c BasketHead; Wives B, A. And stool, box (container), head on stool (of 13, death).
14 Mixer or Cancer; Goddess in papal fig (tree) gate (U-shape of 6 opposite), calendric feast (time), far (egress).
15 Maker or Gemini; King (order) offering a head (face, doubled), creeping forward (rampant).
The axial centre is unmarked as usual. The celestial south pole is on the ram shoulder (limb joint), placing ‘winter’ in Aquarius-Capricornus, thus ‘spring’ and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus-Aries, confirmed by the two top central types.
The culture code model
Mindprint model of the archetypal structure, or ‘grammar’ of natural and cultural expression (after Furter 2014, 2016). The typological set of sixteen clusters of optional features, applies to all media, including cosmology, calendar, ritual and myth. The five levels of typology, sequence, polar points, axial grid of eyes, and spatial orientation of eyes or focal points, are directly testable in complex artworks (including seals and jewel stamps) and in building sites.
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