Wavy patterns from pottery to house walls

We like coincidences, and we have noticed a special connection between patterns on pottery and house walls across time and space between Crete and Sudan.

Take this photo of a large storage jar from Phaistos;

and compare the decorative pattern with these photos of 20th century house wall decoration at Rethymno…

Or take this photo of some Mesolithic sherds from Sudan;

and compare it with the modern albeit traditional house decoration at Kerma in Sudan…

The wavy line is perhaps a universal symbol for water; the ancient Egyptians used the hieroglyph of rippled water both as a phonetic sign for the sound “n” and as an ideogram for water.

Let us therefore conclude this small cross-cultural and time-crossing comparison of the wavy pattern with some natural waves – the sea at Rethymno and the Nile at Sai.

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2 Responses to Wavy patterns from pottery to house walls

  1. Konstantinos says:

    So nice conection throw the art of living. Especialy for the wavy walls, is a trick to save a minimum of shadow on the house. By the angle of the “waves”, the house is not all day long exposet to a full sunbath!!!

    • Henrihafsakos says:

      Thanks a lot for the comment! Never thought of a practical reason for decorating the houses with incised lines – but the idea about the shadows must be absolutely correct! Thanks again for sharing this knowledge.

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