Symbolism on Greek Coins

Symbolism on Greek Coins

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...occurrence on bronze ornaments, repousse belts, pottery, etc. Fig. 283 is a bronze ceinture from Hallstatt on which the swastika is worked into the pattern as an ornamental device, but, in company with the cross with the four points which we have seen in Fig. 3 above, and which is surely of great antiquity. It may be seen on Bronze Age pottery from Cyprus.1 A cross that is called the cross pommee is found here also in one of the upper diagonals. For this sign a great age can be established, for it is one of the hieroglyphic signs of Minoan script.2 It suggests easily the well-known Ujjain symbol of Indian coins. On the ceinture it is accompanied by the four points as are also the swastika and the equal-armed or Greek cross.3 In all these cases there may have been no symbolic value attached to the signs by maker or owner of this belt, but if this is so it is interesting then to note how a potent sign may at one time have a merely ornamental use without losing finally its symbolic significance. In fact, to prove a decorative use is not to annul the symbolic meaning. If the swastika is seen in 'vain repetitions' on the flooring of a chemist's shop of to-day, as was the writer's experience recently, how does that differ from the occurrence of the sign on Roman mosaics?4 And yet there is incontrovertible evidence for the symbolic use of the sign before and after the date of the mosaics. In the modern instance it is a survival lingering on, a vital Fig. 29. symbol that dies hard. In the Roman instance we have a parallel case to the use of the sign on the Greek Geometric vases where it also appears to be mere decoration. Another ceinture, Fig. 29,5 comes from Koban in the Caucasus. In general, the swastika is rather common on objects coming from more

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