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Archetype in Islamic art culture is subconscious Mindprint typology of sixteen visual archetypes

An early Islamic metal mirror with figurative art expresses archetypal structure

Lively characters in a roundel on the back of an early Islamic Turkish metal mirror cast found in Iran, expresses the universal subconscious set of character features, sequence, polar markers, and time-frame orientation. General themes in the design include type 5 Priest or Aquarius (assembly, varicoloured, hyperactive, priest, tailcoat head); and type 6 Exile or Capricornus (polar, sacrifice, volute, horned, double-headed). Mirroring is repeated in a double-headed character (at 1); and two antithetical staffs; and subconscious doubling of four of the ‘single’ types; and in the metal cast itself.

Iranian or Turkish mirror made for the Persian market, 1200s, early Islamic style (metal. After Pinterest. Typology and axial grid by ED Furter). (See another metal artefact made to order, in the Gundestrup Bowl made in Greece for the Celtic market, in Stoneprint Journal 1; Pictish Beasts).

Type; Character (archetypal features):

1 Builder or Taurus; Bauble A of bird-bull man (cluster), dancing (twisted).

3 Queen or AriesB; Two-headed staff (long or bent neck), antithetical (dragons).

4 King or Pisces; Eagle B (bird, twins) sitting (squatting) in a kiosk (rectangle).

5a Priest or Aquarius; Priest-king (assembly, varicoloured, priest).

5a Priest or AquariusB; Priest-king eye B (assembly, varicoloured, priest).

5b Priest or Aquarius; Eagle A (assembly, decan Aquila), looking back (inversion, of 12).

5c BasketTail; Two-headed staff dragon (heads, mirrored).

6 Exile or Capricornus; Dancer with cap (horned) presenting gift (sacrifice) at two-headed staff (volute).

6 Exile or CapricornusB; Dancer with cap (horned), presenting gift (sacrifice).

7 Child or Sagittarius; Centaur (rare), with bag.

9 Healer or Scorpius; Man-leopard?, arms back (bent forward, healer?).

10 Teacher or Libra; Tamer (guard, hunt master; or metallurgy), with bull-staff (staff).

10 Teacher or LibraB; Bull-staff (staff, carousel).

11 Womb or Virgo; Woman’s midriff (womb).

11p Gal.Pole: Woman’s knee (limb joint).

12 Heart or Leo; Lion (feline) chest (heart).

12 Heart or LeoB; Lion (feline) tamed (death).

13 Heart or Leo; Lion griffin (feline) chest (heart), broken hind leg (death; Ursa, foreleg).

13c BasketHead; Water snake (head, decan Hyda).

14 Mixer or Cancer; Dancer (dancer, not accounted here due to abundance).

14 Mixer or CancerB; Dancer B (dancer, not accounted here due to abundance).

15 Maker or Gemini; Gift (bag) of re-creator.

The celestial pole is on the design centre (rare), or unmarked. The celestial south pole is on a hand and knee, or a foot (limb joint). These options place ‘spring’ and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus (bird-bull-man as equinox, and the main character as winter ritual); or Age Aries-Pisces (bird and two-headed staff near the top). The design continues some Age Taurus features (compare to Age Aries Egyptian palettes), but the artefact is Age Pisces, early Islamic medieval metalwork, before Islam banned figurative images. The uncertain time-frame expresses transition between tradition and reform.