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Garma, A. (1954). The Indoamerican Winged or Feathered Serpent, the Step Coil and the Greek Meander: The unconscious meaning of serpentine ornamentation. Am. Imago, 11(2):113-145.

(1954). American Imago, 11(2):113-145

The Indoamerican Winged or Feathered Serpent, the Step Coil and the Greek Meander: The unconscious meaning of serpentine ornamentation

Angel Garma

Ornamental Curves

In ornamentation, such as European arabesques and grotesques, (fig. 1) as well as in the drawings on Indoamerican pottery, (fig. 11, 12) we frequently find different kinds of curves representing vegetables or animals that curve and meander, often introducing themselves between other objects represented on the drawing. In arabesques and grotesques these curves often spring from the bottom half of a human body thus suggesting their probably genital symbolism, since the bottom half of the human body is usually associated with genitality.

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