Archetypes in Dilmun trade seals, Egyptian cylinder seals and cotton spindles

Some trade seal stamps from Bahrain, of Dilmun culture; some rare pre-dynastic Egyptian cylinder seals; and some late Egyptian cotton spindle ‘buttons’, are among the 50 seals and stamps used to demonstrate that miniature artworks and ancient logos subconsciously express the universal five layers of culture, identical to larger artworks, but with a few structuralist compromises (for often having fewer than the minimum twelve eyes). Here is an extract from Stoneprint Journal 5 (where 30 of the 50 ancient miniature artefacts are demonstrated, and statistics of the average frequencies of typological features are expanded).


Introduction to Mindprint, the subconscious art code

In artefacts and artworks, where archaeo astronomers see ancient star maps, archaeologists see cultural traditions, and anthropologists see initiation secrets, appear a standard axial grid of archetypes, always in the same sequence. This posts introduces the five layers of features revealed by structuralist analysis of artworks,

Structural art analysis using mindprint

Art, myth, ritual, and crafts like astrology, all derive from archetype. This post demonstrates the Senmut pseudo-astronomical ceiling as an example. Culture is sustained and standardised by subconscious expression. I did not design archetype, or this quirky cultural expression of archetypal structure. I merely identify and demonstrate this expression. Astronomical figures are not primarily zodiac figures, since they are not conventionalised. However their ranges of attributes, their sequence, and their relative positioning are highly standardised, forming a mindprint.

More mindprint art demonstrations

Demonstrations of archetypal structure in many more artworks (already about 700) and building sites (already about 100), adds evidence that the subconscious structure in artworks, or any craft, or cultural media, does not ‘come from’ drugs, or trance, or constellations, or diffusion from any particular culture. Even cosmology is natural and archetypal, not primarily a cultural artefact.

How to identify archetypes and structure in art

Here is a shortcut method to identifying the five layers of subconscious archetypal structure in artworks or building sites: Identify a likely periphery of figures in a roughly elliptical arrangement; List the figures in their circular sequence, by any distinctive attribute, such as a posture, season, function, species, or device; Provisionally tag the list or the artwork, with likely type numbers, such as 10 Teacher  for a figure with arms up or a staff, 12 or 13 Heart for a felid, 1 or 2 Builder for a bovid or tower, 5 Priest for varicoloured, skin paint or a hyperactive posture; Tag figures notably ingressed or egressed towards or away from the centre, as 6 Exile or 14 Mixer; Tag a pregnant figure as 11 Womb; and an adjacent major figure as 12 or 13 Heart (usually with an exposed chest), and the adjacent figure on the other side as 10 Teacher; Complete the axial grid; Use the set of typology labels below.

Mindprint in De Cosimo’s Discovery of honey

Artworks express three planes of space and time. Perception and culture are spatially ‘projected’ on the ecliptic plane, leaving the celestial and galactic equators oblique. There are no degrees of difficulty in the miracles of nature and human nature. Our myth map reveals five layers of structure in artworks (demonstrated here in De Cosimo’s Discovery of honey) and in building sites.

How mindprint, the subconscious art code, was discovered

Recurrent features in art, rock art, myth, divination emblems, alphabets, and some natural sets, enabled the initial ‘cracking’ of subconscious stock character types, their sequence, their spatial relationship, and their planar features on three cosmic planes. The mindprint and stoneprint model offers a lens through which to read the compulsive core content in cultural expressions, across the gulf of millennia and continents.