The mindprint model of archetype in culture, update 2019

Five layers of subconscious perception and expression are visible in artworks and built sites. The layers are: (a) Type characters with specific optional features; (b) type sequence, clockwise or anti-clockwise; (c) axial grid between eyes or focal points of opposite pairs of types; (d) three pairs of polar junctures, implying three planes of expression; (e) orientation of polar pairs vertical or horizontal to the ground-line or a cardinal direction, co-incidental with the seasonal time-frame of the local culture. Types could be labelled after any natural or cultural set, such as species, myths or months. Generic labels, such as social functions, avoid the false impression of diffusion from one particular medium or culture.


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).

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 and decans in the Dendera zodiac

In the Dendera zoidac, the sixteen typology axes are subconsciously curved into a vortex, to link the eyes of northern, ecliptic and southern decans, to galactic or determinant characters in the border. Zodiacs usually do not express the archetypal sequence, nor the axial ocular (eye to eye) structure. This vortex indicates inspired structuralist detail, beyond the needs of astrology or astronomy. Here is another timeless record of our collective need for subconscious structuralist calibration, enabling the collective therapy of expressing who, what, where, when and how we fit into nature, and ultimately into archetype.